A Reporter at Large MOI GOES TO WASHINGTON by Joe Kane and Richard Avedon

A Reporter at Large MOI GOES TO WASHINGTON by Joe Kane and Richard Avedon

May 2, 1994 A REPORTER AT LARGE about a visit by Moi, a Huaorani Indian from the Ecuadorian Amazon, to Washington, D.C., to present the case of his tribe to the U.S. President. It had taken him nearly two weeks to reach Washington. He had written a letter inviting the President to visit the Huaorani. At the White House gate, he gripped the fence, as if testing its strength, and his eyes narrowed in calculation: he went into the Huaorani zone, as writer had come to think of it. He said, “I believe I can climb this fence and reach the front door before the soldiers get me.” Writer dissuaded him. Moi had been brought to Washington by a team of attorneys from the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, which, on behalf of the Huaorani, had filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an arm of the Organization of American States. Over the last twenty years, American oil development in the Oriente–as the Ecuadorian Amazon is known–has proceeded virtually without regulation. Every day, the petroleum industry dumps millions of gallons of untreated toxic pollutants into a watershed extending over 50,000 square miles of rainforest, and it has opened vast stretches of the region to colonization and deforestation. Commercial oil production in the Huaorani territory is expected to begin sometime this year. The Huaorani petition charges that this will be ethnocide, and asks the commission to investigate, but it’s a long shot at best. Tells about Moi’s testimony before the OAS, which author also took part in, and Moi’s being picked up by the military on his return to Ecuador. The OAS was refused permission to investigate the case and Moi was eventually released. Read more http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1994/05/02/1994_05_02_074_TNY_CARDS_000367821#ixzz1iguzD7xM

I am sure the people who wrote this image will be interested to know that on that same year Tropic supported Moi’s vision to create an ecotourism program that would help his community and nation to share with visitors from the world their efforts to preserve their culture and territory. You can visit Moi’s project, luckly meet him at his communities ecolodge called Huaorani Ecolodge, for more details you can visit www.huaorani.com or contact us at info@tropiceco.com


LETTER FROM THE AMAZON about the Huaorani tribe of the Ecuadorian Amazon, and their efforts to prevent oil development by large oil companies in their tribal region. Tells about a note sent to Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., the chairman and CEO of DuPont, the parent corporation of Conoco oil company, which had oil rights to the Huao lands. Tells about Conoco’s elaborate plan to preserve the Huaorani, which included guards, gates, satellite surveillance and other measures designed to prevent colonization of the Huaorani lands. Read more http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1993/09/27/1993_09_27_054_TNY_CARDS_000364231#ixzz1igtLRPwx We are proud to share this story and I am sure the author would be proud to see that many years later this tribe lead by Moi Enomenga and partnering with Tropic Journeys in Nature found in Ecotourism and the Huaorani Ecolodge on a sustainable way to prevent oi Development, illegal extractions,…. For more details about this award winning venture please visit: www.huaorani.com or contact Tropic at info@tropiceco.com

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