Saturday, May 13, 2006

Emerging from the jungle completely bushed?

The essence of the freedom versus security issue seems to be at the heart of this fascinating article about a tribe of Amazonian hunter-gatherers who've apparently had enough of hunting and gathering. Heartbreaking - with no easy side for me to come down on.

Leaving the Wild, and Rather Liking the Change
(Photography by Luca Zanetti)
New York Times
Published: May 11, 2006

While it is not known for sure why they left the jungle, what is abundantly clear is that the Nukak's experience as nomads and hunter-gatherers has left them wholly unprepared for the world they have just entered.

The Nukak have no concept of money, of property, of the role of government, or even of the existence of a country called Colombia. They ask whether the planes that fly overhead are moving on some sort of invisible road.

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