Carbon Cowboys and REDD Indians

Back in 2011, I began working with Chief Almir Surui on his autobiography. The work was essentially finished by mid-2013, but Almir’s schedule has prevented us from getting together long enough to finish it. With the Paris talks rapidly approaching, I’ve decided to scoop the chapters we finished together into an online series, which I’ll enhance with my own articles and research. This is the result.

Chapter Five: The Last Mapimaí

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Carbon Cowboys and REDD Indians

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Carbon Cowboys and REDD IndiansJamnabe remained vigorous and active well into his 80s, with jet-black hair and week-long walks in the woods. Itabira says he was hardly an outlier in that respect, because if you made it to the age of 30 back then, you…

Chapter Four: Jamnabe

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Carbon Cowboys and REDD Indians

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Carbon Cowboys and REDD IndiansThe end of the rubber wars coincided with the arrival of another group of Whites, who created the small outpost that eventually became the city of Cacoal, and who bartered with the Paiter for access to their land. They started turning up…

Chapter Three: Apocalypse And Exodus

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Carbon Cowboys and REDD Indians

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Carbon Cowboys and REDD IndiansIn his fascinating 2006 book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Charles Mann tells the story of Allan Holmberg, a young doctoral student who spent the early 1940s living with an indigenous people called the Sirionó. “Crouched over meager…