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Avatar Hits Home with Indigenous Colombians

June 11, 2010

Colombia has its own version of the Na’avi, the imperiled indigenous people whose story lies at the heart of the international blockbuster Avatar. They’re called the Wayuu, and a very valuable store of coal lies on their traditional homeland.

Further comparisons between the Wayuu and the Na’avi are striking. Both are matrilineal peoples with ancient cultural and spiritual ties to their land, land that is now threatened with violence and displacement by corporate interests.

Click below to learn how Wayuu activist Debora Barros was touched by the indigenous struggle portrayed in Avatar.