Do indigenous societies worry about the issue of infanticide?
There have always been, within indigenous societies, people who disagree with the child sacrifice. This can be verified easily in historical records and ethnographic surveys. There have always been women, mothers, who preferred to make a stand against tradition and decided to raise their children. Some paid dearly for the decision that they made, but nevertheless, fought to exercise their autonomy. In the last few years, several initiatives from natives of various tribes, confirm indigenous societies’ desires to abandon the practice of infanticide. We can mention the “Kunumim Xingu’s House” project, coordinated by six of the leaders from the Xingu Indigenous Reservations, who intend to shelter children who are rejected in their own villages. There are cases of Suruwaha women, who have become nationally known for their fight for their babies’ lives. An interesting case is that of the indigenous woman Kamiru Kamayurá, who rescued a baby that had been buried by his own mother, and who is