zondag 11 december 2011

A message from the Huaorani


The Huaorani are everybody's favourite Fight the Google-Jugend Indians. Initially they were legendary for their violence love of freedom and independence, (something that found expression in their violent determined resistance to US missionary activity (see Wade Davis' One River). Modern research has augmented the image of the Huaorani as people with an immensely fine-grained awareness to their environment (see earlier). Here I just want to point to a YouTube video in which an elder states their desire to continue in their life-ways in a world that seems intent on destroying the forest they depend on. There are other video's, some in Spanish, but here the man speaks his own language and at point does a formal elegy talk-singing a lesson from the ancestors: marvellous.    

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