Amazon Indian to visit Bedford schools


Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanawá is meeting young people at three schools in Bedford.

Nixiwaka Yawanawá, 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.

Young people at Bedford Prep School, Hazeldene Lower School, and Putnoe Primary School will meet Nixiwaka on March 19 as he tells the children about his life and his people.

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 School, said: “We are delighted to welcome Nixiwaka to Bedford. We believe that his visit will make learning about the rainforest, environmental issues and different cultures come alive for our learners.

“We are pleased to be able to work alongside Bedford Prep School and Putnoe Primary School to make his visit possible. We anticipate a great experience for all the children involved.”

Nixiwaka is using his speaker fees to fundraise for Survival International, a UK charity founded in 1969 to help tribal peoples defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures.

If you would like to book a visit to your school or group email Tanya Blackburn -