An exotic location, with an
Topless women in the background, checked!
I'm having serious problems with the information they are presenting in the Amazon story, not once they have disclosed that the region they are - the Tocatins basin - is the area assigned for commercial exploitation. But it almost sounds as if they didn't make any Pre Production for the show and decided to just describe things as they encountered them... they should spend less in advertising and more in research!
To say I'm disappointed with the Amazon coverage is a gross understatement. The Amazon is as complex as the countries (internationally recognized and the indigenous ones) that govern its territories and history. Economic and political changes, have the most impact on this ecosystem, and it's been ignored by the coverage. To understand these changes, one must look, for example, at the history of colonized
They are within 1 million square kilometers of Indian land set aside by the Brazilian government for this native Indian population. Currently, 510 areas have been created, representing slightly more than 10 percent of the Brazilian territory. Despite the fact that many Brazilian Indian communities inhabit apparently large areas, there is no longer sufficient space for the ancient agricultural practice of shift cultivation that the Indians have practiced historically. Consequently, the native population has been forced to cultivate the same area for several years.
The Kraho is of
The changes within the Kraho culture - unlike the stale image of a frozen in time culture Anderson gave us - presented the tribe as innocent victims of the farmers, when they are, in fact, farmers, and responsible for their practices. As described by Antonio Carlos Guedes from the Centro Nacional de Recursos Genéticos e Biotecnología (CENARGEN) in his research Conservation and Cultural Values: Brazil
in Brazil discovered that they
environmental well-being but worsening their economic plight as well
— and, in the process, becoming even more dependent on the government.
of new commercial and modern input-requiring crop varieties, as well
as reliance on a single permanent crop system, encouraged
Indians to adopt agricultural practices that degraded the soil and
consequently reduced agricultural productivity. In addition, seed
varieties, which had been selected by their ancestors and maintained
from generation to generation, began to disappear due to the
introduction of modern crop varieties. According to the Krahos,
loss of these seeds contributed to a gradual loss of both plant and
community roots. The latter, after all, was given life by rituals
associated with traditional agricultural methods, the annual rhythms
of the agricultural calendar and the food supply. The withering away
of agricultural and cultural sustenance forced many Indians to
abandon their traditional lands and migrate to already
impoverish URBAN areas. Such movement contributed to the cycle of
dependence of entire Indian communities on government welfare
programs. In some areas, this dependence led to severe malnutrition
due to the inadequacy of grains distributed to the community or
caused a lack of food supply for year-round consumption."
Completely ignored by Anderson Cooper and his production team, are the new politics of preservation established by the political incorrect (or lefties) socialists governments of Hugo Chávez in
If you are interested in knowing more about the economic and political situation of the Amazon and the countries that encloses it check out the site of the Amazon Alliance For Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Of the Amazon Basin, where you can learn all the international companies that are exploiting the forest or how the USA, through the US Aerial Eradication Program and the State Department, are affecting both the forest and human health in the Colombian Amazon.
And although I admit that it is cute to watch “field
thanks to Sahira for the screecaps!