Name of the
Storyteller: Mary Nakashima
Title of the Story:
Story Source Material:
Information for this story was extracted from the book
"Chico Mendes por ele mesmo", by Mary Nakashima (myself), and
published in Portuguese by Martin Claret, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1992.
of the Story: Historical
Story Rating: General
Abstract / Summary
This is the story of Chico Mendes, a simple rubber tapper in the Amazon in the
1980s, who organized local workers and their families to defend the forest
against its destruction at the hands of powerful landowners and cattle farmers.
Chico was trying to protect the means of survival of his fellow rubber tappers,
and knowingly put himself as a target for increasing death threats in a region
tainted with inefficient judicial system and corrupt police force. Unknowingly,
however, he was in the center of emergent international discussions on
greenhouse effect, climate change, and saving Earth's natural resources.