An Indigenous village works to save a Brazilian forest, seed by seed
Story by Daniel Grossman and Dado Galdieri
Photography by Dado Galdieri
April 8, 2022
RIPÁ, Brazil — The men and women started off with their chief by truck, riding several miles until the road from their small village became too soft for the vehicle’s bald tires. They then kept going on foot, walking in single file across a muggy plain of knee-high emerald grass.
The savanna’s slight trees provided little shade, but the heat didn’t matter given their mission.
“Listen to me carefully,” the chief’s daughter Neusa Rehim’Watsi'õ Xavante told an outsider accompanying the group. “The love we feel for the plants and the seeds make us walk under the scorching sun without complaining.”