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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Dream People of the Amazon

I just finished watching the short movie Dream People of the Amazon. An amazing little movie. About the Achuar tribe of Ecuador. It is cool to see how these people have lived for years. Now there is the threat of big oil companies drilling for the valued oil that is in the ground under their homeland. Ecuador has given oil companies the go ahead to "research". The people of the region are fighting back. One interesting thing is that they are not only fighting to save the valuable rain forest that is their home but also to preserve their culture and way of life. In fighting this battle, it seems to me, they have already lost some of their culture and way of life. The demands of fighting a BIG company have forced them to modernize, although they seem to be adapting well, it makes you wonder what has already been lost forever.

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