samedi 20 août 2011

Brazil: The savior of humanity is ... naked!

In April 1989, the great Indian chief of the tribe of Kayapagos of the Amazon, in Mato Grosso in the territory of Brazil, Raoni Metuktire, invited to Paris (with help from singer Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, aka Sting) Media made a splash.
Paris-Match devotes entire pages and great pictures in front of the new Louvre pyramid. Turning a hat in yellow feathers, face painted black, this man out of time was given for the first time, a Brazilian passport, made its first flight and appeared on French television.
         His lower lip distended by a hard pipe and made him a masterpiece of an ethnological museum.
But his mission was even more impressive: "Saving the largest reserve of oxygen in the world, the Amazon forest."
         The embarrassment of his hosts was as great or hotels or villas in Paris were up to the master of nature. There remained only the Rambouillet forest, whose leaf evergreens this winter without pity were next to the ancient trees of the Amazon home.
The joke did not stop there because the poor Raoni after being received by President Jacques Chirac at the Elysee Palace, had not the right black limousine heads of state, but an ambulance service with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with the bikers ... to prevent it from being contaminated by polluted air of Paris or the opposite!
For more information: JP-Dutilleux. with Chief Raoni: Raoni – Mémoires d’un chef indien (memories of an Indian chief), preface by Jacques Chirac, Du Rocher Publishing, Paris, 2010.

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