Hydropower Dam to Flood Sacred Amazon Indigenous Site

Inter Press Service: The Sete Quedas or "seven waterfalls" on the Teles Pires River, which runs through the Amazon rainforest states of Mato Grosso and Pará in central Brazil, are a spiritual oasis venerated by several indigenous groups. But the 20-metre-high rocky falls are to be covered by a reservoir created by a hydroelectric dam that is to flood an area of 95 square km. "It's a sacred area, our creator and mother. And the 'pajé` (shaman) says it is where the fish lay their eggs," João Kayabi, 52, told......

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