Mejkangati I Workshop, where Bepunu, Pajakan and Kēngàti Kayapó visited the IFPA Rural de Marabá, 2019.

Mejkangati also represents the start of the Meli Amazonian Bees Network (before it even had a name!). During informal talks between the new generation of leaders in the Amazon area, Bepunu Kayapó signalised the interest in beekeeping his community, Môjkàrakô, has.

In the next step to make this wish possible, the Meli team connected with the local University in the Amazon area, IFPA – Campus Rural de Marabá and the project started to get ready to be developed.

To be able to start this collective dream, just another connection was missing: the supporters of our first crowdfunding campaign (especial thanks to Apenã Podcast and many other Brazilian Podcasts). This enable two workshops to take place:

The first workshop happened at IFPA – Campus Rural de Marabá, where Bepunu, Pajakan and Kēngàti Kayapó were for two full days, learning about meliponiculture with specialists from the area.

The second workshop took place in their own village, Môjkàràkô. The bee specialists, with the help from the indigenous who previously attended the course, taught beekeeping to all the interested members of their village, as well neighbour indigenous villages in the Kayapó Indigenous area.