This book is a result of over ten years of partnering with the community of A'Ukre, to whom I am forever indebted. Friends and family I have made in the community over the years have encouraged me to share different knowledges, experiences, and lifeways to others. In many ways, this book is a fragment of this project and a labor filled with care and respect.
In this ethnography, I tell the story of how Indigenous Peoples are facing unprecedented global challenges in this time of unparalleled environmental and geopolitical change, a time that has intensified human rights concerns and called for political and economic restructuring. Within this landscape of struggle, the Kayapó, Indigenous Peoples in the central Brazilian Amazon, emerge as leaders in the fight.
Radical Territories in the Brazilian Amazon sheds light on the creative and groundbreaking efforts Kayapó peoples deploy to protect their lands and livelihoods. Now at the front lines of cultivating diversified strategies for resistance, the Kayapó are creating a powerful activist base, experimenting with non-timber forest projects, and forging strong community-conservation partnerships. Tracing the complex politics of the Kayapó's homeland, I advance approaches to understanding how Indigenous Peoples cultivate self-determination and life-affirming strategies conflict-ridden and uneven landscapes.
Weaving together ethnographic research with personal reflections with the community members who have shared their homes with me, I tell the story of activism and justice in the Brazilian Amazon, and how Kayapó peoples are using diverse pathways to make a sustainable future. I use a feminist political ecology framework to show how working with Indigenous Peoples is vital to addressing national and global challenges in the present time, when many environmentally significant conditions and processes are profoundly altered by human activities.