Visiting an Amazonian Tribal Community

Trip Start Feb 09, 2011
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Amazon Ecolodge

Flag of Brazil  , State of Amazonas,
Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day ll (late afternoon)

Temperature: 35 degrees, felt like 43
Weather:  Sunny, hot and humid

Brazil Tour:  Day 7 - Amazon Rainforest

It was late afternoon when we boarded one of those Amazon River rustic boat in which I quickly settled on the 2nd opened top deck enjoying a much better view from behind and around me.   We must have been close to 20 people from the lodge altogether onboard the boat heading down the calm river of the Amazon for a visit to….guess where….to a local Amazonian tribal community(caboclos).

The Amazonian natives spoke an unknown language in between them and were dressed just like one would have expected for a tribal colony living in the middle of the Amazon!   Their faces were painted with red and white lines and surprisingly the women had long beautiful shinny black hair. 

As we all settled in on wooden benches around a huge cabin with hay as a roof and sand as a floor, the tribal colony started to chant and dance in the middle of it all as they demonstrated to us their traditional customs.  Some of us even joined in…..and yes, me too… and guess with whom….with the Chief….and we danced to the rhythm the drums and small wood pipes being played by some of them.  It was quite a unique experience. 

Group pictures were then taken with these native inhabitants as well as handmade souvenirs purchased.  They all appeared happy with their living conditions, some of them having never set foot in Manaus, the only town around, 50 miles away.   Imagine…living in a rainforest with no houses, no electricity, no phone, no internet, no appliances, no nothing!   Simply living and surviving with the products of nature!  No way!

Monique   :-)

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