Brazil - 24th February 2010 - Dan Pantone Site sells photos of Brazilian Indians without permission


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Site sells photos of Brazilian Indians without permission
Author: Liege Albuquerque

Source: ESP Online -

MANAUS - The site claims sell photos and videos with images of Indians of the Javari Valley in the far north of the Amazon, to "help the natives." The organization Union of Indigenous Peoples of the Javari Valley (Univaja) denies receive this donation and came with representation in federal prosecutors to ban the images.

On the site, there are pictures of people Matis rituals, and MaruboMayuruna. "There are many people who go to the village and take pictures, but we do not allow posts on websites, magazines, and newspapers or even less marketing," said the director of Univaja, Eliésio Vargas, ethnicity Marubo.

Vargas said he learned of the site two weeks ago, when he received an alert on the internet with the name of indigenous peoples being used on the network. "We do not know since when the site is in the air," he said. He says he knows all natives of photos, some remember being photographed between 2006 and 2007 by a foreigner who has been in the villages.

For Vargas, this type of exploration is easy, since access is free to the villages and there is no supervision of the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI). The report came in contact with Funai, but got no response. At the site, the person responsible for marketing the images is Dan James Pantone. The report sent an email to Pantone two days ago, but got no response.

Also in the site, the text states that have already been collected $ 300 thousand to implement projects in the villages of indigenous peoples of the Javari Valley. In one of the pages, images of a Matis ritual are offered for $ 19 plus shipping. There is also a "special offer for February 2010," which offers five videos for $ 80.

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