The world of the WajapiThe Wajapi indigenous people live in an area of well-conserved forests, close to the springs of some tributaries of the Jari River, northeastern Brazil.
According to the Wajapi, animals in the forest, despite their appearance, are actually human beings with souls. They live in societies that are similar to ours. The trees and most plants are also recipients of human souls, but only the healers or shamen are able to communicate with them.
Many of the Wajapi’s cultural traits and skills needed for survival in the forest have been passed to them by animals. This perception of the world is the basis of Wajapi knowledge of ecological processes.