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1. The Brazilian developers wished ot build a dam that would force Kayapo out of their lands. International recognition of the work of Altamira protesting the dam won international attention. Taking position, regarding the rights of the indigenous people to preserve their way of life over the rights of those greater world to have access how would you support the takeover or opposition to it?

2. Critical thinking by visiting museums on the Internet (www.si.edu/museums) how would you incorporate these questions such as what is it; what contexutual explanation, was the object intended as work or art, in your opinion, it is or not.

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As you explore these questions, please allow my notes to supplement:

1. First, I personally oppose the Brazilian developers who wished to build a dam that would force the Kayapo from their lands. As a result, I am definitely a supporter of the anti-dam movement for many reasons, mainly to preserve the culture and way of life for the indigenous people. I also support the overall preservation of the natural land and environment.

Besides the obvious cultural impacts, I also oppose the dams because they will likely harm the environment by flooding large parts of the land. Because the Brazilian government seemed to exclude the native communities from the decision process, I also oppose the project.

Please note that I support the Altamira protest against the ...

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Indigenous people in Brazil are briefly discussed.

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Because man rebelled against God in the Garden of Eden and chose to follow Satan rather than God, his nature has been corrupted. Since Adam and Eve, every man born into this world is born into Satan's kingdom, separate from God and with a natural tendency to desire autonomy rather than a relationship with God. As a result his intellect and will, rather than causing him to turn to God in wonder and awe, cause him to go beyond what he can grasp. When man is not focused on God he takes his creativity, intellect and will and explores areas that were not meant for him to experience.

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