One of the most important books of our time. If you really want to know about tribal peoples, read this. The first book by a Yanomami Indian is in four parts. 1) A first-hand account of shamanism (you won't find better). 2) The autobiography of Davi Kopenawa, who played the key role in saving his people. 3) His, often surprising, views about us, which examine our very different values. 4) Notes and articles by his translator, an anthropologist who's worked with the Yanomami for decades. This is far ahead of any other book about these Indians. It should be required reading for all interested in Amazonia, shamanism, the destruction of minorities, where the world's heading, and how to change it. Primarily, a searing testament to the variety of human genius which has blossomed over thousands of generations. The shaman says that if we destroy the Indians, we destroy ourselves. If you can cope with prejudices being rattled, his message deserves to be heard. (For a long review & extracts - once it's written! - search `Yanomami Survival International'.)
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