Savages Paperback – 1997
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This is a firsthand account of a small band of Amazonian warriors and their battle to preserve their way of life from the scourge of civilization. Joe Kane, author of "Running the Amazon", returns to the river to search for the Huaorani, a nation of 1300 nomadic warriors so remote that their language is unrelated to any other on Earth. For millenia all comers have been turned away from their land, a territory in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon the size of Massachusetts, USA. In the 1990s, the Huaorani are besieged by oil companies, missionaries, indigenous bureacrats and envionmentalists intent on helping them "better" themselves. This book recounts the efforts of the Huaorani to vault from the Stone Age to the "Petroleum Age".
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on 1 August 2000
I can't believe ... no one has reviewed it. It carries the weight of Mathieson's "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" with a much lighter method of storytelling. The events Kane describes are vital knowledge to anyone concerned about exactly who is destroying the environment/native peoples today and how. And his prose doesn't make you feel like killing yourself afterwards.