Makota Valdina Pinto is a native of Salvador, Bahia Brazil and an elder in the Kongo-Angola tradition of Afro-Brazilian Candomblé. She is an environmental justice activist, a specialist in ritual and herbal healing, and an well-respected grassroots historian/philosopher of Afro-Brazilian religion. Since 2000, Makota Valdina has been a frequent guest of the Veterans of Hope Project and the Iliff School of Theology where she has delivered lectures and led workshops on the relationship between racial justice and environmental sustainability from the perspective of Afro-Indigenous peoples.

Click here:  Pinto – Candomble Cosmology for the text to a lecture she gave in 2000 on the ecological profundity of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomble; Makota Valdina also talked about how environmental justice must be accompanied by anti-racism.

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