Huaorani

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Huaorani

For at least a thousand years, the Amazonian Oriente rainforest, has been home to the Huaorani (meaning ‘human beings’ or ‘the people’). They consider themselves to be the bravest indigenous group in the Amazon. Until 1956, they had never had any contact with the outside world.

“As our ancestors live, so will we live; as our ancestors died, so will we die”

Huaorani are outstanding hunters and feared warriors. Threatened by oil exploration and illegal logging practices, their hunter-gatherer society shifted to mostly living in settlements. The Huaorani have a vast knowledge of animals, plants and trees, which stems from a total reliance on the natural world.

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