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The importance of fire to indigenous people

Fire was the first source of energy discovered, controlled and used by humans. One of the first chapters in the history of fire was the friction between two pieces of wood, and even today it is extremely important in everyone's lives, but especially in the daily lives of indigenous people.

Indigenous people and traditional communities, whose territories are part of several biomes of the world (Savannah, Amazon and others) use fire for various purposes: agriculture, hunting, fishing, gathering, livestock, forest protection, rituals, farming, gathering of honey, cleaning the paths and surroundings of the villages and for communication.

The vegetation control fire is always used at the appropriate times, between the months of April and June (here in Brazil), and respecting the signs of nature, so as not to interfere with the reproduction phase of the animals, favoring the flowering and fruiting of the plants and the control of combustible material in the vicinity of woods, forests and villages.

Also widely used for preparing food, for heating on cold days and for protection in general. Fire tends to drive away predators and also mosquitoes!

In the past, those who had the ability to produce fire held a position of greater responsibility within the community. But due to the ease of starting a fire, today the story is no longer the same, but indigenous knowledge helps on several occasions, such as firefighting strategies.

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