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The Yawanawa, also called the Jaminawa, Xixinawa, Yaminawa, Bashonawa, or Marinawa, are an indigenous people who live Acre (Brazil), Madre de Dios (Peru), and Bolivia; their homeland is Acre, Brazil. The Yawanawan language is of the Panoan language group.

The Yawanawa community is on the rise under the leadership of Tashka and Laura Yawanawa. In 2001, at 26 years old, Tashka Yawanawa became responsible for 500 people and 1,000 square kilometres of Amazon Rainforest as Chief of the Yawanawa. In just a few years, Tashka and his wife Laura, a Mixteca-Zapoteca leader from Oaxaca, Mexico, have managed to double the Yawanawa territory, reinvigorate Yawanawa culture, and establish economically and socially empowering relationships with the outside world.

Tashka, Laura, the Yawanawa community and their allies are developing a new model of sustainability that allows the Yawanawa to protect the rainforest and engage with the outside world on their own terms, without losing their cultural and spiritual identity.

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