Invisible Amazon is a narrative podcast that tells an emotional journey into the Brazilian Amazon, its population, and the dangers faced by the forest.

The largest tropical rainforest on earth, the Amazon that we see in aerial images hides the many threats faced by this vast territory. There’s a lot happening in the Brazilian Amazon: land grabbing for the speculative market, illegal logging, criminal fires, illegal mining, and areas invaded for agriculture and livestock activities. But this invisible Amazon is also home to thousands of living beings that inhabit the forest – like Beka, a young Munduruku warrior who will guide us on this journey through the forest.

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Beka, the young Munduruku warrior

Beka Saw Munduruku, 19, is a warrior who fights for the Amazon Forest. She belongs to the Munduruku ethnic group, which means red ants, a people who have inhabited the Amazon for centuries. This young indigenous activist guides us through an endangered forest, where 28 million Brazilians currently live.

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The business behind the devastation

For the Munduruku people, each trunk of a trumpet tree is an ancestor of its family. For loggers, each trunk of this tree is money in their pocket. Sacred for the Munduruku, the trumpet tree is today one of the most coveted in the timber market. And the region where Beka’s land is located is one of the last refuges that greatly concentrates trumpet trees in the Amazon. In this episode, Beka takes us on an annual inspection operation of the vast Munduruku territory in Middle Tapajós river to kick out illegal loggers, an activity as lucrative as it is criminal, which is devastating the forest.

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A forest on fire

Why is the Amazon burning in recent years? Beka and our team arrive in the most tense region of the state of Pará to question local authorities about the increase in fires in protected areas and indigenous territories. In Novo Progresso (PA), a small city in the south of the state of Pará, our staff were received with hostility by farmers who advocate for the reduction of the Jamanxim National Forest, a protected area which sizes four times the Central Park area, in Manhattan (NYC, US).

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Indigenous people, the army of the forest

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of indigenous Brazilians left their villages to protest in Brasilia (DF). Throughout 2021, uprisings and protests mobilized the indigenous peoples to be heard and to have their rights – that are guaranteed by the Brazilian Constitution – respected. In this episode, Beka shows us the role of indigenous people in the fight to save the Amazon and why their rights are so important to keep the forest alive.

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Who owns all of this?

When you see images of the Amazon Forest, do you ever wonder who owns it all? A major part of this territory belongs to the Federal Government, to the Brazilian State, but almost a quarter of its territory has already been occupied by invaders, a criminal activity that has only grown in the Amazon. In this episode, we look at the role of land grabbing in the destruction of the forest and how laws are being changed in Brazil in order to legalize such crimes.

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Beka is not alone

There is something new emerging in the Brazilian Amazon: strong, young voices reverberating within environmental activism in defense of the forest and native peoples. Just like Beka Munduruku, a new generation equipped with cell phones and cameras resists to ensure their existence. In this episode, we present the challenges faced by these young leaders in conciliating activism with the threats to the very lives of those who defend the Amazon Forest.

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The siege of gold

There is much more underground in the Amazon than we can imagine, which makes this territory increasingly coveted. There are, spread throughout the forest, legal and illegal operations to extract precious metals, especially gold, that are contaminating rivers, the fish, and the populations now living in the Amazon with the mercury used in illegal mining activities. In Beka’s village, young indigenous women fear becoming pregnant and contaminating their children.

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The soybean effect

Under the argument of providing food for the world, the agribusiness also foments a false dilemma: Is it necessary to deforest the Amazon to produce food? While this scenario generates conflicts and tensions among the peoples living in the forest, projects are being approved at the Congress, with the support of congressmen who are also farmers.

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In the name of progress

The Munduruku people fought for four years against the Tapajós Hydroelectric Complex, shelved in 2016. But the threats of large investment projects in the Amazon are multiplying, involving railroads, highways, mining companies, hydroelectric power plants, and power transmission lines passing through the forest in the name of development and creating jobs. This episode addresses the false dilemma that opposes development and environmental protection, the arguments on both sides, and what is revealed by the experience of the Belo Monte Hydroelectric, the fourth largest hydroelectric plant in the world, built at the Xingu River.

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Amazonize yourself!

There are many ways to defend the Amazon. Among the people who inhabit the forest, there is sustainable extractive, there is regeneration of deforested areas, there is collection of seeds for reforestation, there are community brigades to combat fires, and there are drones to monitor environmental crimes. But what can be done by us, who do not live in the forest, and need it to live? This episode discusses initiatives and possible paths so that Beka, the next generations, and the Amazon can have a future.


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Created and produced by: Eder Content Agency
Executive producers: Andréia Lago and Cacalos Garrastazu
Project management: Adriana Lago
Article: Andréia Lago, Flávio Ilha, Ítalo Rômany, Jayanne Rodrigues, Larissa Burchard, and Luiza Pollo
Production: Ítalo Rômany, Jayanne Rodrigues, and Larissa Burchard
Field production: Karine Pedrosa
Cinematography and audio production: Cacalos Garrastazu

Script: Andréia Lago and Flávio Ilha
Sound editing: João Victor Albuquerque and Camila Cavalcante
Illustrations: Wanessa Ribeiro
Soundtrack: Kaê Guajajara
Social media: Jayanne Rodrigues, Júlia Pestana, Larissa Burchard, and Leonardo Catto
Webdesign: MIA Estúdio Criativo
Chief editor: Andréia Lago