IPCST is a charity registered in England, number 1050461. Our mission is:
To help tribal communities to become self-sustaining and independent, and to promote tribal people’s traditional way of life as an equal, valuable and valid alternative to other cultures.
This site is dedicated to the Heart of Brazil Expedition, which followed the course of the Xingu River in Brazil by boat from its source to its confluence with the Amazon, a distance of 2,500 km, visiting forty-eight Indian villages along the way. The expedition ran from February until August 2007.
During the expedition, we fulfilled the following objectives:
- Assess the current health, education, culture and security of the tribal communities.
- Evaluate the conservation of forests inside indigenous reserves and compare them with areas outside, which have suffered deforestation.
- Record tribal life, in photographs, video and sound, for dissemination through popular media to demonstrate the values and vitality of indigenous cultures.
- Build direct contact with villages and indigenous organisations as a basis for further projects.
- Explore measures for supporting tribal communities to maintain their traditions and lives in a sustainable way.
- Identify projects to be developed in cooperation with the indigenous communities and local organisations.
The boat used in the expedition will be donated, with the outboard motor, to an indigenous organisation.
For more information, please see our website: http://www.ipcst.org/