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Conquering Deforestation

The portion of the Amazon located in Brazil has shown a 70% decrease in deforestation over the past decade. Brazil went from clearing an average of 19,500 km2 in 2005 to 5,800 km2 in 2013. If the rate of deforestation in 2005 had gone unchanged, 3.2 billion tonnes of...

Enawene Nawe: Indigenous People of the Amazon

In Western Brazil in the state of Mato Grosso, the Enawene Nawe tribe has been living and fishing for hundreds of years. When they were first contacted in 1974 by an expedition led by Jesuit Thomaz de Aguino Lisboa, there were only about 97 individuals. Today their...

What are Superfruits and Where Do They Come From?

You may have noticed the increased advertising of açaí berries at numerous juice companies. Foodies and nutritionists around the world are beginning to praise açaí berries and caja fruits, calling them “super foods” because of their high nutritional power. Both açaí...

Awá: Indigenous People of the Amazon

The Awá are a group of nomadic hunter-gatherers who live in the forested areas of northeastern Brazil. They are skilled hunters, and while some have taken to using confiscated shotguns from illicit poachers, others still hunt with 6 foot (2 meter) long bows. They have...

Contacted tribe treated for the flu

About a month ago members of a previously uncontacted tribe made contact with a settled Asháninka indigenous community. One of the major fears researchers and FUNAI contacts had was the possibility of the group contracting diseases they have previously never had...