Crossed Spears: The Fight for Culture and the Amazon

by September 15, 2012

“Crossed Spears” are a powerful symbolic gesture used by the Huaorani (Waorani) peoples.

It means “No Trespassing – you are entering Huaorani territory at your own risk, ” says Maggie Padlewska, Video Journalist and the founder of the One Year One World initiative.

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“[It’s] a fair warning from a community that for decades has been fighting to protect their land and people from the constant threat of intruders – be it from foreign outsiders such as Evangelical missionaries that sought to convert the tribe to Christianity, to major oil companies that continue to drill and extract the natural resources located beneath the Amazon Basin.”

Earlier this year, Maggie traveled to the Huaoroni to record their story.

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