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Ecologist Save America's Forests, Alicia Cahuiya, President of Huaorani ...vice-President of Huaorani, Carl Ross, Director, Save America's Forests.

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Yasuní Rainforest Campaign Home | | Save America's Forests Home | ... Because theHuaorani used only a small amount of natural bounty of Yasuní,

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Indigenous Peoples of The World - The Huaorani __ "The Huaorani first came into... Native American Indian Cultures from Mexico and South America __ While

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Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Antarctica and the Arctic. ...The Huaorani people have inhabited the headwaters of the Amazon for

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Our guide Moi and Huaorani friends. (Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador) ... Quito, theoldest capital in South America, was annexed by the Incas in the 1400's and

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Environmental Justice Case Study: Ecuador’s Huaorani Indians Fight Against ...The American government is also to blame. Based on the argument that oil

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...starts in 1957 with the Huaorani massacre of five American missionaries, ...Now the Huaorani leader, Moi, is trying to unite the tribe in opposition to

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A Message from the Huaorani, Huaorani, America - South, 540. The following letterwas sent to Conoco by the Huaorani organization in the Ecuadoran Amazon

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Moi is chief of the Huaorani tribe. His presence guaranteed a unique ... Hoping tofind caimans (cousins of American crocodiles and alligators) at a nearby

WRM Bulletin Nº 87 - America / October 2004
...their tragic encounter with North American missionaries in 1956, the Huaoranihave ... They also fear the 'pacified', ‘Christian’ Huaorani, who dream to

WRM Bulletin Nº 96 - South America / March2005
...that most of the ‘forests’ one can observe consist of North American pine trees.... “Los huaorani rompen los acuerdos con Petrobras?, Redacción Tena,

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...the Achuar, the Huaorani and Secoya, while on the north coast there's a ...As in many parts of Latin America, social and economic divisions between

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...asked the American where the real savage Huaorani, that they had been ...who had died not only for the American women, but also for the Huaorani,

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ECUADOR: "HUAORANI WILL NOT DIE"--INDIGENOUS GROUP CONFRONTS GOVERNMENT AND OIL... "The Huaorani was a society that had little division of The Huaorani,

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Latin American Centre, Oxford, UK. ... Abya Yala 1996 and Trekking Through History.The Huaorani of Amazonian Ecuador. Columbia University Press 2002).

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...which starts in 1957 with the Huaorani massacre of five American missionaries,... Now the Huaorani leader, Moi, is trying to unite the tribe to force

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2005 (ENS) - Members of the South American indigenous group, the Huaorani,... Two Huaorani leaders traveled to Washington, DC last week and requested

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AFA.net - America's Premier Pro-Family Action Web Site! ... Minkaye was one ofthe Huaorani tribesmen that killed missionary Nate Saint, Steve's father.

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More than 150 members of the Huaorani tribe joined representatives from other... 2005 (ENS) - Members of the South American indigenous group, the Huaorani,

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Indigenous Huaorani Seek Oil Moratorium on Their Amazon Lands ... DC, May 17,2005 (ENS) - Members of the South American indigenous group, the Huaorani,

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...of American States (oas) a Petition on behalf of the Huaorani People against... The petition alleges the actual and imminent violation of the Huaorani

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Peoples of the World: Huaorani
Other Names: Auca, Auishiri, Huao, Sabela, Waodani, Waorani
Countries inhabited: Ecuador, Peru It is being reported that Huaorani from the Tiguino community (where the photographs on this page were taken) recently killed up to 30 members of the Tagaeri (a Huaorani clan). ONHAE, the Organization of the Huaorani Nation of the Ecuadorian Amazon, is asking people to stay away from the area. Many tour companies operating out of Quito and Coca (Ecuador) bring tourists through this area. The potential visitor should seek up-to-date information before going to this area. Revenge attacks, even revenge killings, are a strong possibility

The Adovacy Project: Profile on Huaorani
In this issue of his series on the indigenous people of Ecuador, Peter Lippman profiles two nations of the Amazon that are fighting against the encroachment of oil: the Huaorani, whose land is under threat from no fewer that six oil block concessions, and the Zapara, whose population has fallen to just 200.

Recently, the Huaorani (sometimes called Aucas, a Quichua word meaning "savages," by outsiders) are perhaps equaled only by their Shuar neighbors to the south for their reputation as a ferociously independent group, hostile to outside intrusions and willing to resort to violence to defend their territory.

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ChevronTexaco, now Chevron Corp (CVX), appears to be losing ground in the environmental "Trial of the Century" in Ecuador's rainforest over Texaco's operation of a former concession, according to the environmental group Amazon Watch.

More information from Wikipedia.org:
The Huaorani, also known as Waorani, Waodani, or Auca (Quechua for "savage"), are an indigenous tribe of the Ecuadorian Oriente (in the Amazon region). The tribe's ancestral lands are currently threatened by oil exploration and illegal logging practices. These homelands are located between the Curaray and Napo rivers, about 50 miles (80 km) south of Dureno. These lands are approximately 120 miles (190 km) wide and 75 to 100 miles (120 to 160 km) from north to south. The Huaorani have guarded their lands from both indigenous foes and outsider colonials (referred to as cowode, literally "nonhuman cannibals").

The Huaorani speak a language isolate and comprise approximately 2,000 people. Two communities, the Tagaeri and the Taromenane, have rejected all contact with non-Huaorani, and continuously move into more isolated areas, generally in the direction of the Peruvian border.


The Huaorani are subdivided into the following groups: Toñampare, Quenahueno, Tihueno, Quihuaro, Damuintaro, Zapino, Tigüino, Huamuno, Dayuno, Quehueruno, Garzacocha (río Yasuní), Quemperi (río Cononaco) Mima, Caruhue (río Cononaco) and Tagaeri.

Recent history

Around the time of World War II, there was a great increase of inter-clan killings, resulting in the deaths of as many as 60% of the Huaorani. These killings were apparently revenge for a number of deaths that most likely resulted from the introduction of outside diseases. In 1956, a group of five American missionaries from the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), led by Jim Elliot and pilot Nate Saint, made contact with the Huaorani, but were all killed. Nate Saint's sister, Rachel Saint, amidst these killings, befriended a Huaorani woman named Dayuma, most of whose clan had been killed in the inter-clan battles. The pair began to evangelize, which greatly helped stop the revenge killings, but unfortunately led to increased oil scouting in the area. Many of the Huaorani were then concentrated into a protectorate under the responsibility of the SIL.

Once the Huaorani schools were brought under the control of SIL missionaries, there was an attempt made to replace the "Satan-inspired" folk tradition with the practices of Christianity. There was also an attempt made to convert to farming in order to provide an agro-export, thus "contribut[ing] to the national good". Teachers, most of whom were of the neighboring Quichua, taught that going into the forest was uncivilized, and also taught of European replacements for many of the Huaorani goods and plants. New systems of government (such as authoritarianism) were also introduced, and schools tended to contain many instances of both physical and sexual abuse by teachers.

Acting on the advice of anthropologist James Yost, SIL eventually demanded that Saint leave the Huaorani due to her excessive interference with their culture. Rather than follow these instructions, Saint rather left SIL, maintaining her relationship with the Ecuadorian government and the related oil companies. As a result, the 60 mile (100 km) Vía Auca (commonly known as "Aucas" or "Savages") has seen the rise of oil exploration and settlers.

An interesting point of Huaorani culture is that women remove all their body hair. For this purpose first they rub ashes on their bodies in the area they don't want hair and then they pull the hair with no pain.

Indigenist political reorganization

Prior to 1989, the Huaorani were very divided and politically unorganized. The two settlements were Rachel Saint's (the Toñampare) and Dayuno's, which was also under missionary influence. There were also a number of traditional clans and the Tagaeri. Though the Huaorani were surviving and healthy, their society was controlled almost entirely by missionaries, and there was no fair voice to connect to the outside world with.

In 1989, some of the Huaorani attempted to regroup. A group consisting of over sixty, led by a man named Ñame, left Dayuno and travelled to the Shiripuno River, where they founded the community of Quehueire Ono. The main intention of this settlement was to throw off missionary control and return to the old Huaorani culture, though not without giving up some of the more modern tools. A school was begun in the settlement in 1990, thanks to funding from the Napo Provincial Government. By 1993, Quehueire Ono was the second-largest Huaorani community, with approximately 223 members.

In March of 1990, an organization called ONHAE (The Organization of the Huaorani Nation of the Ecuadorian Amazon) was founded. This was with the assistance of CONFENIAE (The Oriente Indigenous Confederation), of which ONHAE later became a member. The main purpose of ONHAE was to avoid the creation of a hierachy within the Huaorani society. Also thanks to CONFENIAE, the Huaorani were given legal ownership of over 2,600 square miles (6700 km²) of land, approximately one third of the traditonal lands. ONHAE currently operated by holding consensus-based assemblies and congresses drawn from across the contacted Huaorani communities.

Land rights

In 1990, the Huaorani won the rights to an indigenous reserve covering some 6,125.60 square kilometres, thus enabling a semi-autonomous existence. However, this title does not extend to subsoil minerals including extensive oil deposits. The Ecuadorian government has proceeded to license the petroleum drilling rights in the region to multinational oil corporations. The protected status of Yasuní National Park, which overlaps with the Huaorani reserve provides some measure of environmental protection.

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