The cave of Kamukuwaká

Last night, we listened to a programme which we had been recommended (we missed it when it was first broadcast) about the wilful destruction – but it is not know by whom – of engravings and petroglyphs in a sacred cave belonging to the Wauja, indigenous people living in the Amazon whose way of life, music, and sacred rituals are under threat owing to Bolsanaro’s encouragement of the destruction of the rain forest and tolerance of pollution by mercury of the rivers. Factum Foundation, who are involved in the preservation of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, had gone on an expedition in January 2018 to survey the cave. When they returned in September much of the cave had been destroyed.


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