We Are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples

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We Are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples (Quadrille, 2009).

"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.

"I"n 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.

“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

"Highlights include:

  • Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, known as the ‘Dalai Lama of the Amazon Rainforest’ on consumerism, climate change and the health of the Amazon.
  • Laurens van der Post on the euphoria of the Gana Bushman’s Fire Dance
  • Bruce Parry on the grace and generosity of the Penan people of Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Gana Bushman Roy Sesana on hunting and tracking in the Kalahari Desert
  • Richard Gere on the persecution of the Buddhist Chakma peoples of Bangladesh, and why the world needs to fight tribal repression
  • Jane Goodall on the mystery of Africa’s rainforests and the fate of the ‘Pgymy’ peoples
  • Piers Vitebsky on the loyalty of Siberian herders to their reindeer
  • Damien Hirst on the mystery of Aboriginal art
  • Wade Davis on respect for cultural diversity and why the timeless wisdom of tribal peoples is deeply relevant to the world today
  • Joanna Lumley on the destruction of the sacred mountain of the Dongria Kondh people in India
  • Noam Chomsky on the ‘discovery’ of America
  • Claude Levi-Strauss on the philosophy of Shamans

"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." [1]

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  1. Survival International We Are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples, organizational web page, accessed May 28, 2012.