This week’s Field Revealed comes all the way from from Peru where local intrepid researchers have been carrying out “rapid inventories” with the Field Museum’s Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) teams. Rapid inventories are swift surveys of species diversity in remote areas–information which is then provided to local communities as a tool for them to build conservation and education efforts.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, there were still large areas of Brazil that were unexplored. At that time, a tribe of “Indians giants” more than 2 meters tall was discovered living in northern Mato Grosso. They were feared by neighboring tribes. A true legend in the region, which began to be reported by some media outlets.
The Panará stepped back into Brazilian history in the 1970’s. Nobody knew what they called themselves. They were “giant Indians,” or Krenacore, Kreen-Akore, Kreen-akarore, Krenhakarore, or Krenacarore – variations of the Kayapó name kran iakarare, which means “round-cut head,” a reference to the traditional haircut that is typical of the Panará. In extensive reports from the time of contact, there is an underlying concern with explaining their unknown origin. Calling them giants, or white Indians or black Indians, was a way of identifying them while removing them from the disturbing state of absolute otherness. . . . Read Complete Report
RIO BRANCO, Brazil — Edmar Araújo still remembers the awe.
As he cleared trees on his family’s land decades ago near Rio Branco, an outpost in the far western reaches of the Brazilian Amazon, a series of deep earthen avenues carved into the soil came into focus.
“These lines were too perfect not to have been made by man,” said Mr. Araújo, a 62-year-old cattleman. “The only explanation I had was that they must have been trenches for the war against the Bolivians.”
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