600 International Delegates at Indigenous Terra Madre 2015, Including Brazilian Tribes and Communities

22 Oct 2015 | English

Representatives of Brazilian tribes and communities will contribute to the event by sharing their knowledge and experiences

A large delegation of representatives of indigenous communities from the Slow Food Terra Madre network and beyond will be participating in Indigenous Terra Madre (ITM 2015), which will take place from November 3 to 7, 2015 in Shillong (Meghalaya, India). The event is the result of a collaboration between Slow Food, the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty (Indigenous Partnership) and the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS).

International representatives will be coming to the event from five continents, from 14 African countries, 17 Asian countries, 8 European countries, 12 American countries and 7 Oceanian countries.

Representatives from several Brazilian tribes and communities will be attending:

– the Juruna tribe (Aldeia Juruna, Boa Vista, Vitoria do Xingu-pa, Pará state). The organization Do Povo Juruna Do Xingu (Apijux) is part of a community made up of around 250 people. They are been affected by the construction of one of the biggest hydroelectric plants in the world (in Belo Monte). The community produces their own food in order to prevent illness and they are trying to stop the devastation of the forest. Two representatives from the Juruna tribe, a mother and son, will participate in the Food Festival, which will be held on the last day of the event: the Brazilian cook Marineide Machado Camizao will be cooking for more than 100 people in the ITM Kitchen, together with Indian cook Artet Kharsati. Marineide will prepare three different dishes using indigenous Brazilian products.

– the Sateré-Mawé tribe (Terras nativas Andirá Marau; Uaicurapá, Andirá,  Barreirinha and Marau and Amazonas-Pará rivers). The Sateré-Mawé tribe has been cultivating the native Waraná fruit for hundreds of years, as part of their culinary and religious culture. Many years ago they decided to follow the ancient traditions of Mayan meliponiculture by breeding small native stingless bees – the Canudo bees – who are responsible for the pollination of at least 80% of the Amazon flora. The Slow Food Presidia of the Waraná and the Native Canudo Bees’ Honey of the Sateré-Mawé tribe are closely linked, since the nectar is obtained from the flowers of the Waraná plants. A representative from the Sateré Mawé community will attend the Thematic Track Session “Pollinator And Bee Enthusiasts Get Together” which will be held on November 4, from 11.15 am to 12.45 pm.

– the Xakriabá tribe (Terra Indigena Xakriabá and Xakriabá Rancharia, Itacarambi and São João das Missões rivers, north of Minas Gerais). The predominant vegetation of the area is the cerrado, where people can hunt and harvest fruits such as cagaita, araticum, jabuticaba, maracujá, melão de São Caetano, xixá and pequi. Some of these products are already on board of the Slow Food Ark of Taste (Cagaita and Pequi). A young representative from the Xakriabá community will attend the Thematic Track Session “From Field To Plate: Stories Of Slow Food, NESFAS And Other Producer And Chef Alliances” which will be held on November 4 from 11.15 am to 12.45 pm. 

You can find the program of the event here: http://bit.ly/1LWZaxh

Indigenous Terra Madre 2015 gratefully acknowledges funding support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), The Christensen Fund and the Government of Meghalaya. Indigenous Terra Madre 2015 is also thankful for the contributions made by Tamalpais Trust, Swift Foundation, AgroEcology Fund, Bread for the World and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 

Terra Madre is a worldwide network, launched by Slow Food in 2004, which unites small-scale producers from 163 countries involved in the sustainable production of food. Among these, to date the Indigenous Terra Madre Network comprises 372 indigenous food communities, 41 indigenous Presidia projects and 308 indigenous Ark of Taste products.  For more information: http://localhost/slowfood/international/149/indigenous-terra-madre-network

Discover the stories of Indigenous Peoples from around the world on Slow Food website in the ‘Indigenous Voices’ section! http://localhost/slowfood/international/food-for-thought/slow-themes/260987

For further information, please contact the Slow Food International Press Office:

Paola Nano, +39 329 8321285 [email protected] 

Ajay Nayak, +91-9820535501 [email protected]

Slow Food involves over a million of people dedicated to and passionate about good, clean and fair food. This includes chefs, youth, activists, farmers, fishers, experts and academics in over 158 countries; a network of around 100,000 Slow Food members linked to 1,500 local chapters worldwide (known as convivia), contributing through their membership fee, as well as the events and campaigns they organize; and over 2,500 Terra Madre food communities who practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality food around the world.

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