Write a letter for the Yanomami

1. Write your letter, then 2. Complete it and 3. Mail it

14-year-old Haraldo Yanomami making a necklace from porcupine quills, Demini, Brazil.
14-year-old Haraldo Yanomami making a necklace from porcupine quills, Demini, Brazil.
© 1996 Fiona Watson/Survival

The Yanomami are one of the most numerous, and best-known, forest-dwelling tribes in South America.

Their home is in the Amazon rainforest, among the hills that line the border between Brazil and Venezuela.

The Yanomami territory was officially created in 1992 after a long international campaign by Davi Yanomami, Survival International and the Pro Yanomami Commission in Brazil. It is the largest forested indigenous territory in the world.

But illegal gold miners are invading the Yanomami’s land, destroying the forest, polluting the rivers, causing serious health problems and threatening to wipe out the uncontacted Yanomami, one of the most vulnerable peoples on the planet.

And Brazil’s Congress is currently debating a bill which, if approved, will permit large scale mining in indigenous territories. This would prove catastrophic for the Yanomami and the land they depend on for their survival.

How you can help

Please write to the Brazilian government.

HE President Dilma Rousseff
Presidente da República Federativa do Brasil
Gabinete do Presidente
Palácio do Planalto
Praça dos Três Poderes
Brasilia DF

November 28, 2015

Your Excellency

Will my letter make a difference?
Yes. Time and again, letters from Survival supporters have called governments and organisations to account. Policies have changed and lives have been saved.

Post or email?
We always provide an email address where we can get one, and where we think a message will get through. Sometimes we provide a postal address too. Posting a letter is always the most effective way of making your views known, by far. If you can, please post a letter.