Here you see the main village, Piyulaga, surrounded by family garden plots, orchards, and forest. The path at left leads to Lake Piyulaga. At right is the ceremonial road between the Wauja and their neighbors.
The men's house sits in the central plaza, surrounded by traditional longhouses where extended families live.
The Wauja are doing all they can to protect their community. They are learning about the disease, and have translated into their language posters explaining covid-19. When medical doctors visit to provide training on how to avoid the virus, everyone wears a mask.
The Wauja hold daily group chats online to share information and encourage safe practices. These group chats are attended by dozens of younger Wauja (including village health workers), as well as volunteers in Brazilian cities and the U.S. The Wauja have received masks and learned how to use them. There is no problem here of people refusing to wear a mask.
The Wauja are intent on producing a large supply of food this summer, to avoid having to bring in food from the cities and to ensure food security. The women already have produced a surplus of their main food staple, manioc flour, and are helping to supply food for neighboring communities.
The men have been busy fishing and harvesting crops.
Please help keep the Wauja strong!
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