Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Amazon's Aggravated Archers


Inhabitants of nudist colonies are traditionally amiable people, proud of displaying themselves like the day they were born in their current bodies - decrepit or otherwise. So when the Brazilian government plane chanced upon inhabitants close to the Peruvian border who reacted with apparent hostility, they realized they came upon an "uncontacted tribe" in the Amazon, indigenous people thought to have had no contact with outsiders; one of a hundred tribes believed to exist worldwide.

Researchers released aerial photos of these jungle dwellers aiming their bows and arrows at the small aircraft, which they may have thought to be a large bird that could provide them with a feast for many days. Or, they may have felt threatened by its strangeness and proximity and reacted to protect themselves. The Brazilian government has discovered four such tribes in the last 20 years. Fiona Watson from the campaign group Survival International provided clues about their way of life.

The thatched houses are called Malocas or communal houses. These are raised from the ground and used for socializing, cooking, or preparing the dyes for body paint. The white bundle could be cotton, planted or harvested wild and woven into garments they wear, as well as for hammocks. The beige object near the cotton is a basket used for gathering cotton and food. The men in the photo use bows made from hardwood, which they employ for hunting animals. They wear red dye as body paint made from seeds of a fruit similar to horse chestnut.The body paint may be an expression of aggression. The black figure may be that of a woman in black body paint made from fruit. The series of structures are hidden at a deeper portion of the forest to avoid detection, while the larger ones are for socializing and other communal tasks. Evidence of cultivation around the camp is seen as gardening for Manioc, a tuber which may be their staple food.

The Indian Foundation of Brazil fears that all inhabitants are in serious danger of being forced off, killed, or decimated by new diseases. Illegal logging in Peru threatens to push several uncontacted groups towards the Brazilian border where potential conflicts with about 500 uncontacted indians are settled. Stephen Cory of Survival International expressed the need to protect the inhabitants and their environment from intrusion by the outside world in accordance with International Law. He warned that the world needs to wake up to this reality, otherwise these people would soon be made extinct.

The area should be kept secret from Hillary Clinton, who might claim the tribe to be of American origin and have them support her in the primaries. She could even have a few declared as her super delegate endorsers. It is actually people like Hillary Clinton who should be made extinct. Or, perhaps forced to live among the tribes to learn the basic values of comradeship and the elements of survival in a different jungle with characteristics similar to her Washington milieu.

On the other hand, there is danger that she will contaminate the tribe with her congenital nature, and they would resort to killing each other off for power. What could be worse than that?

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35 comments:

Zhu said...

You have no idea how much I'm laughing. I was watching Saturday Night Live as I was reading your post and there's an Hilary impersonation, where she explains she plans to play the "race card" herself :D

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Zhu,

All bloggers on the conservative side of the Republicans, more so with the right wingers, are all out on the race card. Practically everyone is harping on the issue.

For Hillary to openly declare that she will raise it too is a sign that the Democrats are teetering on another disintegration path similar to 2004.

This is actually taking the Race issue out of the closet and shows that racism is alive and strong in America.

I'm glad to know you had a funny moment out of this. I did too while writing it, trying to angle the story at the desperation moves of Hillary Clinton. :-) --Durano, done!

Kim said...

amazing story Durano...
at first I thought the post was going to be about nudists' camps..lol...
and of course your quip at Hilary is hilarious...
I had no idea that there were so many undiscovered communities !!!
I always leave your blog a little more informed..
thank you :) :)

SheR. said...

Nudists? "Undiscovered" tribes in Brazil? Hilary Clinton?? You lost me there.

For all you know it's not a secluded tribe but one of those celebrity hideouts to run away from paparazzi?

Heaven knows...

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hello Kim,

I thought, while reading through your comment, that you were going to state your disappointment about the post not being centered on the nudist colonies.LOL! Just kidding.

I was reading the feed about the democrat committee meetings regarding Hillary's desperation moves to get the nomination, then it just happened - I continued with the post and angled it toward Hillary. Her desperate actions left a mark in me.

Glad you had fun and got to know a little something. We always learn something new everyday. Thanks. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Sher,

The post is really about this uncontacted tribe. Isn't it amazing that stone age people live so primitively in the 21st century? There is genuine fear that they could all die if there is intrusion in their environment.

These people are naked and were showing hostility. I just added that bit about the nudist colony to compare the nudists' amiableness versus the tribe's hostility. Nudists would wave and smile, the jungle tribes would be aggressive, so theres no mistaking these red painted people to be uncontacted tribes and not nudists hiding somewhere in the jungle.

Since they were painted red, the native Americans were once called redskins, and they may be related to this tribe. But it turns out, an expert said that this is red dye, not natural skin color.

Then I added Hillary's desperate moves to win the nomination that she may go to the extent of declaring these people Americans, and use them to support her campaign, even get some to become superdelegates. That's the connection. I hope you don't get lost with the diverse points. :-)--Durano, done!

SheR. said...

I was just kidding Durano.. Of course I get the joke! :P Gotcha!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Sher,

Touche' :-) --Durano, done!

Tommy said...

nudists and uncontacted....hmmm...seems like one of two things.....Could be an oxymoron...or perhaps my own home...doh!!!! Just a little levity.

T

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Tommy,

I can appreciate the cheerfulness, as I too took this path regarding the serious matter about this uncontacted tribe.

I think though a lot of politicians will be very much at home there with them. :-) --Durano, done!

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