`Avatar is real`, say tribal people

source: Mmegi

Following the film ‘Avatar”s win at the Golden Globes, tribal people have claimed that the film tells the real story of their lives today.

A Penan man from Sarawak, in the Malaysian part of Borneo, told Survival International, ‘The Penan people cannot live without the rainforest. The forest looks after us, and we look after it. We understand the plants and the animals because we have lived here for many, many years, since the time of our ancestors.

‘The Na’vi people in ‘Avatar’ cry because their forest is destroyed. It’s the same with the Penan. Logging companies are chopping down our big trees and polluting our rivers, and the animals we hunt are dying.”

Kalahari Bushman Jumanda Gakelebone said, “We the Bushmen are the first inhabitants in southern Africa. We are being denied rights to our land and [continue reading]



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