Yanomami of Brazil Honor Return of Stolen Blood

By Rick Kearns - Indian Country Today

Yanomami activists fought to get their blood returned from United States anthropologists who took the samples from Yanomami people in Brazil and Venezuela in the ‘60s and then sent the samples to the U.S. for experiments without their leaders’ consent; the blood was returned recently and then honored in a ceremony in Brazil.

Yanomami leaders returned the blood of their family members to the earth in a ceremony honoring the ancestors on Friday, April 3, a week after finally receiving the thousands of blood samples from U.S. universities that held the blood for the last several decades.

The ceremony was held in a Yanomami community house in the village of Toototobi that sits on the edge of Amazonas state bordering Venezuela.

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