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Amazon Indian brings rainforest tales to Bedford

Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanaw�  with pupils at Hazeldene Lower School.

Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanaw� with pupils at Hazeldene Lower School.

Youngsters at three schools were treated to tales of the rainforest from an Amazon Indian.

Nixiwaka Yawanawá spoke to 500 children at Bedford Prep, Hazeldene Lower and Putnoe Primary schools in Bedford last Wednesday.

Nixiwaka, an English speaking Yawanawá Indian from the Brazilian Amazon, is working with Survival International to raise awareness of the Amazon and to speak out for tribal peoples’ rights.

He is touring the UK to talk about his life in the rainforest and the devastation that deforestation is having on the lives of tribal people.

Helen Ward, headteacher of Hazeldene Lower, said: “It was an honour to have Nixiwaka visit our school. The children were enthralled by his stories of his life in the rainforest.

“Nixiwaka was superb and the feedback from both students and staff was excellent,” added Ian Silk, head of Bedford Prep School.

Nixiwaka, a father of three, enjoyed meeting the children and said their questions were very insightful: “The children were fun to meet and had some excellent questions. I have also learnt a lot from my visit to Bedford.”

Nixiwaka was able to visit many of them in their classrooms, showing them his parrot feather headdress, face paint and spear.

For more details visit www.survivalinternational.org

 

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