For that, Xapiri spirits are the image-beings that accompany every moment, every gesture, every passage, and that have their own wisdomin protecting us, in being angry with us, in accompanying every small gesture of nature. It is the spirits that accompany the reading of this text. Xapiri spirits cannot be translated, but conditions can be created for them to visit us and thus even without a possible translation, we can understand them. And, perhaps in this way the Xapiri can find their way back, to dance for us within our dreams, offering their protection and wisdom.
As Davi Kopenawa says, »Your children need to learn to dream. Dream on this path to walk, fight, and speak together against destructive men. Because destructive men are many. They are powerful marea sikï. Marea sikï means money. We Indigenous people, we live without money. To this day we live without money. Our money is food. Food for the people who use the wealth of Maxita-Uhiri. Take care, not to let it be destroyed, not to let our forest be deforested. Do not let the destruction of our rivers, our streams, our health, our beauty of the great soul of Maxita-Uhiri happen.«
The work of Davi Kopenawa and Bruce Albert in theb ook The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman is an example of listening. The book offers an opportunity to listen to Yanomami culture, which has been preserved aurally and where words are not detached from context, as they are in Western culture.
Evidently, in some way, each word transported from one context to another through writing is untranslatable. The experiences of life are untranslatable through written words. It is necessary to live an experience, and not only to read about it. It is known that only those who have been through this or that can understand this or that. This is a common expression in this world that we call the world, but there are many different worlds, and right now, many of them are disappearing while others are being created.
The dance of creation and destruction seems far from our influence, but it is performed by each one of us at every moment. Questioning assumptions that are considered fundamental, asking not only what the concept is, but what the concept of the concept is, crossing the veil of illusion built by reason over time, is perhaps a way of authorizing different ways of life to be alive.