Conservation groups protested, but few of them had relationships with the tribes deep in those jungles. This was particularly good in the authors portrayal of the Huaorani people of Ecuador as competent and complete, without a patriarchal view. Then, the missionaries arrived, to save the souls of the demon worshippers. Overall, the book made me very curious to read more recent work on the state of indigenous-oil company relations here in country, as much has changed in the last 18 years, hopefully for the better. The first time I read it, I thought it was about the Huaorani people, but now with age and perspective I think it's more about colonialization and resource extraction.
Overall a great book - and an excellent one to read while in Ecuador itself in Quito - the busy markets and dark streets you can just imagine how the Huaorani felt when they visited the big city, and imagine also that they just might be walking around too! I feel fortunate to have this personal account of the Huaorani. Distinguish between a symptom and a problem giving examples of each. Kane's description of how Moi and the rest see the world was humorous, sad, enlightening, and just plain wonderful. The child only eats half a bowl of corn meal and grease a day. I This book will give you plenty of reason to despise the modern world. They value self-reliance; their culture revolves around food, ritual sharing, feasts and now famine.
In order to make the longer school day effective. Throughout the book I kept thinking of them and was glad to find out at the end how supportive your wife was of your work, as well as how much you love them. I'm about 10 pages from the end and haven't picked it up in weeks. No effort was made to interfere with widespread illegal logging. Since this was written in the 1990s, I want to follow up on what has happened in this part of Ecuador. The descriptions of the oil spills that occurred in the middle of what used to be primary virgin rain forest was heart-breaking.
Abstract: Booknews: An American journalist recounts the story of the struggle for autonomy by the Huaorani, a nation of 1,300 nomadic Amazonian Indians, whose oil-rich territory has been besieged by hell-bent oil companies, missionaries, unscrupulous bureaucrats, and environmentalists, all claiming to represent the Huaorani's best interests. I think it also says a lot about the quality of his writing that this book, as funny and personal as it is, is frequently cited in journal articles about the Huaorani which is initially how I heard of it--it just kept getting cited in articles I was using as sources for a paper. The bureaucratic elements lost me. It was the encounters with the Huaorani that kept me reading. Sometimes his writing style was very annoying as he tried too hard occasionally to romanticize - But the Huaorani are just so fascinating themselves you can't stop - you just want to learn more about them, and it's amazing Joe Kane got so close to them and became a confidant. Your thorough research provided a shocking view of politics between government, oil companies, and even non-profit organizations.
This is superb background material. For some people there is now, and the time that is not right now. The Huaorani had lived isolated and content with their traditional way of life for so long that their language cannot be connected to any other language known to humankind. Includes eight pages of photos. It was from members of the Huaorani tribe of Ecuador, wild folks who have lived in the Amazon rainforest for thousands of years. Makes me proud to be a bus rider. The letter said that DuPont-Conoco was planning to destroy their ecosystem and culture.
Horrifying accounts of the damage done to the lands of the natives. They do not own the land but rather share in its abundance. The Huaorani are animistic in that they believe their spirituality is derived from nature. Having already known the gist of the horrific oil endeavors in South America, still I learned a little more of the gritty details. I believe I saw the storefront but did not expect them to be represented.
It's a very tragic, heartbreaking book, but it also happens to have a sense of humor as well, and that's probably the most important thing about it. This glimpse of the Hauorani's culture and struggle against the oil interests is fascinating and riveting. I can't see how folks who've read this could look at a gas station without thinking of all that was lost as a result. The Company oil interests helped Saint create and operate the protectorate. With the intrusion of the missionaries and the oil companies many Huaorani have lost themselves to the empty promises of the oil companies. This project will create a new home accounting business from the ground up. I read this while in Ecuador, and though I wasn't able to visit the Amazon, I was happy to learn about them.
Soldiers kept journalists and activists out of oil country, and the Company was free to pollute the land to the best of their abilities. Forests had to be cleared in order for new pipelines to be constructed, leaving many members of the Huaorani to be displaced. Joe Kane 144 Mengatohue the shaman was there. Joe Kane walks an extremely fine line on some very complicated subjects and triumphs in creating an extremely warm and delightful portrait of the Huaorani people. Based on his experiences there he wrote Savages 1995. It was almost comical reading some of Kane's descriptions of the provincial nature of Quito, when now it is quite modern and similar to many large cities around the world.
This quote explains how the spirit of the Huaorani is connected to the land in which they inhabit. They excelled at boosting debt, stashing stolen funds in Miami banks, and driving up food prices. I felt it deserved at least a four for drawing attention to and describing a pretty shocking situation in Amazonian Ecuador that is virtually unheard of outside the region. The real question is, on what terms will change occur? The education that the missionaries provided eroded what little bit of their culture and traditions they maintained; the Huaorani were forced to change their way of life. How can this continue in a world that is supposedly enlightened to the fact that the forests are the lungs of the planet and hold untapped medicinal knowledge? Another book about a clash between oil development and people who live over it. Their children needed to learn Spanish, and get a proper civilized education, so they could abandon their backward culture and language. The inevitable happens and makes me sad that the underdog never wins.
I read this just after leaving the Amazon in Ecuador. Missionaries won them rights to 9,000 acres, and Texaco built a road right across it. It was easy to determine the source of this sorcery and deliver rough justice. For natives, middle age was 25. Saint was thankful for their kind assistance, but regretted their dark side, the booze, prostitution, and violence that came with the full-scale capitalist blitzkrieg. My only complaint is the standard. To the powerful, he was an annoying troublemaker, so he was unlikely to die from old age.