Yanomamo is an ecological musical for soloists, chorus, narrator and musical accompaniment.
Yanomamo vividly tells of the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest and its effect on the Yanomamo, the oldest Indian tribe living there. They lead a way of life in harmony with nature which, undisturbed, would survive with the forest indefinitely. However, their existence, and that of millions of animals and plant species, is threatened by the arrival of outsiders who assume that the forest soil is permanently rich and that once the trees are cleared, the land will be very productive. But after two years, no crops will grow because the richness of the jungle is in the trees, not in the soil.
The delicate balance of nature is being systematically removed and soon the rainforests, which are crucial to the world's eco-system, will disappear together with the Indians and the wildlife. Is there the time or the will to save them?
Yanomamo was filmed as Song Of The Forest and shown in Channel 4's Fragile Earth series, narrated by Sting.
Published in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature.
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