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The Yanomami Foundation

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2013. We are a highly specialized, international, multi-disciplinary field-based team with decades of experience working with indigenous peoples in the Amazon. We are dedicated to protecting the Amazon rainforest, advancing research in the human microbiome space and global health, and promoting intercultural programs that build resilience, self-determination, and sustainable lifestyles for the Yanomami.

We collaborate with Yanomami communities to carry out projects that meet specific goals and needs.  In addition, we document each expedition and learn more about the Yanomami culture, leading to more robust and trusting relationships with their communities. Our deep respect and admiration for their way of life inspire us to do whatever we can to preserve it. 


Our guiding principles


Through trust and respect, the Yanomami Foundation is a conduit for fostering cross-cultural awareness and establishing a global consciousness between peoples of all cultures and walks of life. 


Always respect the wishes of the indigenous communities. Therefore, our projects continuously acquire the permission and blessings of the people.



We are keenly aware of the sensitive balance between supporting socioeconomic progression and preserving traditional values and customs. Therefore, the Yanomami Foundation engages with indigenous leaders, existing local and national NGOs, and support groups with similar missions to create a community of collaboration that sets common goals and shares resources to achieve them.



The Yanomami Foundation staff spends as much time as possible in indigenous communities to better understand their ways of living, languages, and the impacts of exposure to other cultures.



We document, learn, and preserve the indigenous way of life to foster cross-cultural awareness and promote the recognition and protection of indigenous rights and ancestral lands.


In the field, our team records stories and documents Yanomami society so that we can share our gained experiences with you.  We aspire to bring you closer to the Yanomami to see them not as an isolated “other” but as inner circle members of our global community for whom we want to provide a helping hand.

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