We are all connected with nature: Nixiwaka Yawanawa at TEDxHackney

We are all connected with nature: Nixiwaka Yawanawa at TEDxHackney

Translator: berat güven
Reviewer: Hélène Vernet Hello everyone! (Audience) Hi! Everyone is good?
(Audience) Yes. Sorry, I am not very used
to speak with a microphone. I hope it will be okay. My name is Nixiwaka. I come from the rainforest
in Amazon, Brazil. I have been living here
for four years now. When I came here,
I didn’t know any English. I didn’t know nothing, actually. And the weather was crazy for me, (Laughter) especially the weather. But it was okay afterwards. If I walk in the street with just clothes and my face not painted
or not with my headdress, people think that I come
from Peru, Bolivia, Mexico. But yes, I come from the Yawanawa tribe
in the Amazon rainforest. I will just put my headdress on. It’s much better for me. (Cat call whistle) (Laughter) Thanks. Yes! I feel more comfortable. (Laughter) I really feel more comfortable. I would like to say just some few words
in my language, if it is okay. ” Mon sharai?” “Mon sharai?” means “How are you,
how is it going?” “Nixiwaka ki. Yawanava ehuhu. Matu uwi yuwa.” I just said that “My name is Nixiwaka.
I come from the Yawanawa tribe and I’m here to visit you,
to see you. I would like to talk
a little bit about Nature, and how Nature is so important for indigenous people
especially tribespeople, but also for everyone in this world. If we think really deep, I think everyone will feel something: where you came from and what this world looks like now. Many things have changed
all over the world. But for tribespeople like me, it didn’t change anything. In some countries,
even in Brazil in South America, some tribes are different. They know the language, for example
Portuguese or any other language. Some of them lost their language. They lost their culture, their tradition. But still, many live
in the same way that they used to. I just want to talk a little bit
about my people. When we made the first contact
with the white people, it was my great-grandfather. He was eleven years old. He first saw the white man
and he just ran away. The white man didn’t see him. And he told our family
that he saw some people, strange people, different people, with clothes, with beard, with sunglasses or glasses. And he didn’t understand
where these people came from. He said, “How we will talk with them
if we don’t know the language?” So he decided to kill a deer. He went to those white people
and just throw the deer. And the white people
gave him a small knife. It was a positive contact,
it was a good contact, because usually when
the first contact happened with indigenous people, battles happened, lots of killing, and in most of South America,
it happened like that. We are glad that it didn’t happen,
no fight, nothing. The only problem was
the different kind of diseases. Our shamans for example,
our people start to get ill and they didn’t understand
what was this illness. The shaman did everything
to heal but he couldn’t heal and all the shamans there were dying because we, indigenous people,
had no immunity for simple diseases like flu, cold. It was all new for us. But we survived. And we learned Portuguese. I was very young when I went to a city, a very small town and I learned Portuguese. That’s why I speak in English. If you go to Brazil in the Amazon, I am quite sure you would not
find someone, an Indian person, that can speak English
to speak with you. And I am really glad to be here, to be able to speak about
indigenous people culture, about our tradition. We still have our knowledge
about medicinal plants. Brazil, for example, is the home
of more than 80 different tribes that are still isolated. They don’t even have any contact
with indigenous people like mine. The reason I came to London was to learn English first of all, and to be able to speak for them, because they have decided
to not make contact with the white or the western world. We see that when we come
close to them, they run away, or they want to shoot us
with their arrows and bows. And we are telling
the government to protect them, to protect their territories. The first thought I have was to adapt here
because the weather is really cold and it was very different for me. Then, I went to a school
and studied for one year. Last year, I found this organization
called Survival International. They work with different
tribespeople around the world, especially in South America. And I said yes when I had
this opportunity to work with them to raise awareness for tribespeople, for the protection of tribespeople, especially as well in Africa,
South Africa and Botswana. It has been really great for me. it has been a really good experience. I’m still learning the language, so excuse me for my English. We still practice our culture. This is something
that I would like to say, and talk about how we are all
connected with Nature. We receive many people from Europe. They want to visit my tribe, for example, to see how we’re still living. And we have this week
of traditional parties and we have our sacred rituals. It is the rituals that we have
with our medicinal plants that we use to communicate
with the spirits of the forest. We believe that in the forest,
there are a lot of spirits. When a shaman, for example,
goes to take a plant in a forest, he asks the plant, “I will take you,
I will use you to heal someone,” because if he just say nothing,
the plant will have no effect. The plant has an effect
when the shaman asks for that: “I am going to use you to heal my people.” Right now, our forest has been disappearing because of many
big projects of the government, for example mining and logging. It is really hard for us
to protect our forest. Because we think that
the forest is not just important for us, for my people, but for other people
in Brazil, in South America, and especially to keep
this balance in the world. Because I think everyone needs
to have the forest protected because it cleans the air,
it’s a pure air for us to breathe. I was really sad when I found out
about the climate change. The climate change is, we think, because
there’s something wrong with the world. Why is the climate changing? Why do lots of disasters
happen in the world? We don’t understand why. Our shaman says that it’s because
something is wrong with the world. He used to say that it is the lack of love
and understanding of each other. Sometimes money is good, for many things, but it can be really bad as well. We think that the problem is that people just want more, and more, and more
and there is no end. So the world is like
there is no more control. What people need is more love
and to understand each other. We think that it is going
to be a solution: to see yourself and to see other people, to see how they live and how
we communicate with Nature and how we keep Nature alive. That’s why I am here to talk with people. I am actually giving some talks
at school for children, and I tell them how
indigenous people live in the forest. I speak about how we hunt, how we fish, how we build our houses, and they all are interested. They say they get really impressed when they see someone
coming from the Amazon and talk with them about how
indigenous people live, and they ask a lot of questions. It is very interesting for them
because here, for example, there is no indigenous people. We, indigenous people, think that we know how
to keep this culture alive and how we can share with the white, with the outside world. They don’t know the community,
for example, the public. It was something that I thought
really interesting. It was that people from here,
from out of Brazil most of them I can say really care about
the preservation of Nature and the preservation of different
cultures and indigenous people. That is the reason why I would like
to stay a little bit more. I want to go back to my tribe and live
there the way I think is best for me. But before I would like to say to people that we are still there,
we still live in the same way, and our door is always open
to welcome people and let them see how we live. Right now, because of the public,
the international community, the Brazilian government is taking action to preserve the indigenous territory, especially those that are still
isolated from the outside. We have some campaigns
for some tribes in Brazil. For example “Guarani” is the name of the biggest population
of indigenous people in Brazil, more than 50,000. They have a big problem because their land is now replaced
by sugar cane and soybean plantations and most of people in the community
are living by the roads. They don’t have access
to any support from the government. Malnutrition, even suicide happen a lot because they don’t have
their land any more. If indigenous people lose their land, it means they lose everything especially
their lives, starting with the culture. We are saying to the Brazilian government that we want to live in our lands, we want to have our forest protected, because forest means life,
forest means our body, forest means our everything and we live because we have the forest. It’s more kind of an awareness. What I am doing here is saying
that we are in this situation but we also have this knowledge
to share with the western world. And if you would like to know more,
know what are tribespeople, how they live, who are they, there are many questions
that people would like to know … I would like to tell you that if you
would like to know more about the tribespeople,
how they live, the importance of the rainforest for them, you may visit our website
“survivalinternational.org.” They work with indigenous people. For example, in my tribe,
every year in October we have this festival,
a traditional festival. It lasts for five days. We have lots of different kinds of games, and during the night,
we practice our sacred rituals. We have this special
drink called “Ayahuasca.” It is a very strong drink. (Laughter) a very strong drink! You can see what is life, starting by yourself, how you are, see your spirit and what you are
doing here in this world. And you can see that through
this ritual if you believe in this. I believe that indigenous people
have a lot to share with the outside world. Our doors are always open
to welcome everyone who want to visit and know
more about tribespeople. I would like to sing a small song. It means, when you visit someone, it is like your are going and you tell that there is this happiness. It means “happiness.” (Singing in Yawanawa language)
“Ganaro cheretete. Ganaro cheretete. Ato noma noma. Ato noma noma. Mahe mahe mahe. Noma mahe mahe. Noma mahe.” This is when we are visiting someone, we are visiting our family, friends
and houses and all places, we always sing this song
to say goodbye or this kind of expression. Thank you very much
for receiving me TEDxHackney. I am really glad to be here, thank you. (Applause)


  1. Wow amazing person hope to connect our energy and talk some how either though spirituality, nature, or sound. May great and beautiful things come to you and your tribes

  2. We are totally disconnected. This is to been seen in the climate hype. Demonstrating against ourself. Not reflecting what was reached so far.
    The wish to abort babies till the moment of birth. Our unwillingness to understand nature or death. Denying reialities and relativate and invent from sketch. Strange society.
    Cramped in big cities and call it life style.

  3. Humbleness in the breadth that he takes greetings my beloved brother thank you for your Cosmic intelligence thank you for the Breath You Take to tell Humanity to wake up blessed he who has the courage to speak the truth sending you blessings of love of the light of father mother God and the company of Heaven 4 yes we are all connected buy a special essence that humans call love… my vision as a shaman is to see Humanity United as one

  4. Hey Out There… When l was abaut 12 year l had a dream that l was a raven and l flye in the skye but every time l lande l was a human. Before the Christian came we had an other story to tell here in Danmark. Our Spirit was conectet with Nature and in our life there was a war raven we call him Valravn. It is a human that is olso a raven. Because of my dream l Toke that name, because l am a War Raven. Today not many human believe this, but for me it is my true, my life. Love and Bless to All Out There…

  5. Everyone who reads this comment will realize we are in extreme spiritual turmoil and by denying our own spirit we deny the importance of our physical form. We kill because we forget that a spirit lives inside. Please just for one second remember what you know to be true – we are spirits. The flesh houses a spirit. All flesh houses a spirit.

  6. Damn ever since the virus came to earth it has changed it for the worst slowly killing and mutanting I'll world while we sit back and watch us burn with it🤔 talk about digging a grave lmaooo

  7. My heart is absolutely breaking right now due to the fires that are currently happening. I cannot imagine the pain this must be causing them, the animals, and of course, the trees and plants.

  8. I wonder if the Netflix show Green Frontier was from this and they whole entire show is really true. And the fires that recently happened in the Amazon is to cover up the truth.

  9. Thank You for sharing this with everyone I hope to visit this festival one day I love it I hope to go there one day soon love to everyone ☝️❤️✌️😊❤️🐯🦁🦁🦁❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🦁🦁🦁🦁🐯🐯🐯🐯🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  10. concerning "climate change" follow the money …it's the same old story, opportunists who figured out a way to trick the world into giving them loads of cash. Maybe Nixiwaka has by now awakened to the fact that he's been lied to

  11. The Olmecs,Mayans, Aztecs and Inca's were and ADVANCED sophisticated race, in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, living in HARMONY with Mother Nature. They built structures NOBODY can build today!!!

  12. Man has to adopt himself to the nature. But, modern man changes the ways of nature to his luxury… And he calls it civilisation !!
    That's why he is ill…

  13. Thank you Nixiwaka Yawanawa for this moving speech. I found it very inspiring. You are so correct, the world needs us to love and understand  one another more and to know that we are ALL connected to nature.  One simple way people can help protect the homes of indigenous people in this and other parts of the world is to stop buying rainforest timber, please consider this.

  14. That our creator keeps blessing the indiginest of this part of this world that our creator forgive us for treating mother nature this way

  15. Do you people of the world really want the innocence in this world completely destroyed? Because the innocence will not fight you. It is passive. It gives you what you want, the world you want and it will die off when it feels no longer wanted. Do you really wanna live in a world like that? A hardened reality? Deep down I don't think you do.
    You've become aware. There is no turning back. You have this curiosity and interest in awareness, in being genuinely happy, in learning. The time has come to grow up…because you are interested in such a thing…not because you should. No impositions on yourself. You now have an interest. And the feeling of growing feels good, doesn't it? "You've taken a small step into a larger world." You flow like a river with it. You're a different person now.

  16. This guy is breathtaking. Anyone interested in Shamanism and medicine plants — Food Of The Gods by Terence McKenna 🌹❤️🌻

  17. More is not a number, it is not a goal. More is not reasonable. More is never enough. Enough is a goal. Enough is reasonable. Enough is enough. We are obsessed with the end of the world because we all know its the only solution. Something has to kill off the surplus population. To allow the world to become balanced again. It could be better but it requires sacrifice. And no one is willing to make that sacrifice. So we will destroy our little fish bowl and die together. Miserable. Welcome to the truth. It doesn't care if you like it. Your opinion is simply not going to be an effective variable to balance this equation.

  18. Most struck by his love for humanity and peace. Though all this is happening he chooses to bring change through love – not anger. True wisdom

  19. The great Civilisations of the past who were very advanced in every area…except in their spiritual development…perished. Nixiwaka has a wonderful spiritual connection and with humility carries a strong message…unfortunately those who really need to listen to him don't have the spiritual connection.

  20. What a beautiful presentation! Thank you for giving some of yourself to us. To help those that don't understand the importance of the changes that have happened and are happening. I feel connected to this young man. Not surprising…we are all connected.

  21. Exactly is the lack of love and understanding. My talking. We are so connected that it doesn't matter where you come from. Everyone knows what we are supposed to do to make a change. We start first on ourselves and healing ourselves to become aware of ourselves. It does not matter if your indigious or raised up in the western world. You just know we are one and are supposed to work together and for ourselves.




  25. Most tribes believe the same thing…. we are all connected to nature because we are earth and earth is us! I am you and you are me!! We are one with our mother earth 🌎💗🙏🏼 thank you for sharing

  26. Each word Nixiwaka said is true and I appeal everyone watching to believe and follow what he says. It's for the bilateral benefit. We and our development craze is affecting everyone, even these indigenous people who don't deserve it.

  27. Its horrible how they are purposely burning down the Amazon for animal agriculture. This man and his tribes one and only home is burning because we want to eat meat and dairy products. If we demand animal products, the animal livestock industry will chop down the forests to clear land for cattle ranching, which is used to sell to us for meat and dairy. Wake up to your world. Wake up to your food. Cut out meat and dairy and help preserve this man's home.

  28. What a beautiful culture and beautiful person. My heart breaks for all of the people who are suffering through the destruction of the amazon right now. One day, when there's nothing left for anyone, people will realize that money is worthless… But it will be too late.

  29. I wish more people would wake up to what we are doing, not only to the forests or the oceans, to the people and creatures who call it home, but also to the world. I can't see how we can stop the cash-guzzling monsters from stripping the Earth bare, I just try to make small changes in my life that don't feed their greed. And if we don't hold back soon maybe momma nature will grow some fangs and put us all back in line.

  30. Yes the earth is upset and she is acting out cause there is an imbalance of greed and fear …no more only peace and love shall exist on this 3rd world ,spiritual relm and any other dimension 4d,5d & 6d. Ashe

  31. Damn… people, damn……. This careless destructive artificial make belief dream world needs to stop. no more. we need to put an end to this, we need to stop the machine before its too late.

  32. He has a Japanese accent and a last name that has Japanese likeness. Interesting, that the Amazon people might have originally migrated over the Alaskan Siberian land bridge from Asia before the great deluge and continental drift. If you look at the Maslow pyramid hierarchy, the upper levels of the hierarchy is where spiritual awakening is achieved and how those people can communicate with one another and with plants and nature. Ironically, this is the highest form of technology. This is possible because indigenous fulfill their basic needs simply through the abundant resources of nature thereby opening the channels to higher spiritualism. White people, in contrast, are consumed with materialism, and debt from acquiring materialistic things way beyond their basic needs. They are forever greedy to fulfill their inexhaustible appetite for more and more so therefore are condemned to the lower ranks of the hierarchy, never able to achieve spiritual awareness and enlightenment. Yawanawa's awareness of climate change caused by western pollution is an understanding his tribal people gained from their communication with earth and nature. Indigenous people's spiritual intelligence of nature can be seen across many different tribal cultures: North and South American Indians, Australian Aborigines, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and Far Eastern People. Until the white man gives up their greed and sociopathic behavior, they will never ascend to the spiritual heights of tribal people whom they have for so long stole resources from and looked down upon as backwards and unintelligent.

  33. Indigenous ways of life as place-based (nature-based) communities are beautiful, and all are welcome to obverse, participate, and learn how to live more in harmony with nature. If only we would just listen to our inner-guides and the spirits within nature that show us a greater life purpose than materialism and wealth.

  34. Just wow. He puts us all to shame. He is an extraordinary (and beautiful) example of how we should all appreciate life.

  35. Nixiwaka, please investigate climate change. It is a fake threat to steal money from taxpayers. I pray for your people and mine

  36. Because "nature" has a soul which is the mother of our divinity. We cannot connect with the "nature" of Saturn or Neptune although they are products of the nature of the universe. So, yes, we MUST connect with our mother who is implanted in this sphere of rock but the rock is NOT our connection to our nature. There IS a big difference!

  37. When We Think
    Northern Indigenous
    We Need To Recognize
    And How It Migrants / Flows
    Comes Up.
    So When We Discriminate Against
    The Southern Continent Indigenous
    We Aren’t ReGuarding
    Our Own Cousins,
    Our Own Teachings of
    Protecting Our Environment.
    We Want To Save Land.

  38. When We Think
    Northern Indigenous
    We Need To Recognize
    And How It Migrants / Flows
    Comes Up.
    So When We Discriminate Against
    The Southern Continent Indigenous
    We Aren’t ReGuarding
    Our Own Cousins,
    Our Own Teachings of
    Protecting Our Environment.
    We Want To Save Land.
    In Its Natural Heath.
    Our VeryBodies .

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  40. People need to see the value and satisfaction in living simpler lives. Instead we want to data mine and algorithm everything. If we do anything like garden, hike, fish, camp, whittle we think we need $5000 dollars worth of equipment. Modern society has created this almost stringent moral code behind its materialism which people can't break free from.

  41. It's so sad to see indigenous people being hounded out if their ancestral land where they have thrived for several centuries. Most places colonized and inhabited by the white man have driven the indigenous people aka aborigines (rather derogatory, I feel) to extinction. Amazon rain forests were protected regions, until recently when greedy politicians n businesses started encroaching this ecologically sensitive region. We need a global consensus of protecting such regions, which are also affected by climate change, n are ill-equipped to deal with it.

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