Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Green Hell: Massacre of the Brazilian Indians

Bodard, Lucien, Green Hell: Massacre of the Brazilian Indians, (translated by Jennifer Monaghan), New York: Outerbridge & Dienstfrey; distributed by E. P. Dutton, 1972.

From the inner-sleeve:
”Brasilia is a monument to the death of the Indians.” A thundering history of the exploitation and the massacre of primitive peoples in the sixteenth century up to and including today – exploitation and massacre that has taken place variously in the name of “progress,” civilization, business, and the Cross. For example, between 1950 and 1968 the Cacaas Novas tribe was reduced from 30,000 to 400 people. The catalog of extermination included gifts of salt and sugar containing strychnine, candy containing arsenic, airdrops of clothing pre-contaminated with disease, as well as outright gunning down of Indians from the air and with mercenaries.

Lucien Bodard’s obituary.

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