Davi Kopenawa, spokesman of the Yanomami people

May 9, 2019
Davi Kopenawa speaks at the conference, "Amazonia and Our Planetary Futures."

Known as "the Dalai Lama of the Rainforest," Davi Kopenawa is a shaman and spokesperson of the Yanomami people in his native country of Brazil. He visited Wadsworth House while at Harvard to participate in the conference, “Amazonia and Our Planetary Futures.” The conference was sponsored by Professors Brian Farrell and Bruno Carvalho of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Before arriving on campus, he gave an interview to the Harvard Gazette about his people, the effects of climate change in the Amazon, and the need to protect the rainforest. Below are photos of his participation in the conference, and from his visit to Wadsworth House the day afterward. Photo credits: Dani Pérez, A.B. Candidate in History and Literature, Harvard College Class of 2021.
Davi Kopenawa with Bruno Carvalho at the Amazonia conference
Davi Kopenawa signs the university guest book at Wadsworth House
Davi Kopenawa signs the guest book as Margot Gill looks on
Davi Kopenawa with Brian Farrell, Director of DRCLAS