From the Yanomami of Brazil to the Penan of Malaysia and the Innu of Canada, We Are One presents powerful and moving statements from tribal people together with essays and photographs from contributors including Richard Gere, Zac Goldsmith, Colin Firth, Bruce Parry, Jane Goodall, Joanna Lumley and Damien Hirst.
In a unique display of solidarity that celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Survival International, We Are One’s collective voice celebrates the lives, homelands and values of tribal peoples and explores the relevance of their beliefs and wisdom to the present time. It also highlights the oppression tribespeople are experiencing today, promoting the message that tribal peoples are equal to us: just as modern, just as much part of the 21st century and with just as much right to live in peace.
We are One is both a portrait of the beauty and diversity of tribal peoples, and a call to arms that raises many of the contemporary humanitarian and environmental issues inherent in their fight for survival: the growing universal need to place human values over economic ones; climate change and the destruction of rainforests; why western notions of ‘progress’ and ‘development’ should be redefined and why the tribal values of balance, humility and reciprocity are more important than ever in today’s world.
This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever seen. It captures with beautiful words and pictures a side of humanity that is rarely visible to many living in modern industrial societies. Not only does it convey another way of looking at the world, but demonstrates how the monoculture of western consumerism has, in the pursuit of material gain, lost so much.Tony Juniper, Prince of Wales's Rainforest Project
We are One includes previously unpublished contributions from Richard Gere, Zac Goldsmith, Colin Firth, Bruce Parry, Jane Goodall, Joanna Lumley, Damien Hirst, Satish Kumar, Tony Juniper, Jonathan Porritt, Vandana Shiva, Sydney Possuelo, Carlo Petrini, Wade Davis, Arundhati Roy, A.C. Grayling, Robin Hanbury-Tenison and many others.The foreword is written by Davi Yanomami Kopenawa, and the introduction by Stephen Corry, Director of Survival International.Literary extracts include: Laurens van der Post, Peter Matthiessen, Colin Thubron
Contributing photojournalists include: Sebastiao Salgado, Kate Eshelby, Mike Goldwater, Steve McCurry, Mirella Ricciardi, Brent Stirton and Carol Beckwith.