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Mariri Magazine - A Journal About the Rainforest. Volume 4

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Soy-lent Green - The Dark Side of Soy Farming in the Amazon
The doomsday sci-fi flick made in 1973, Soylent Green, portrays a futuristic world of overpopulation and eco-disaster ...
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Ecuador's Tribes Fight Big Oil


"It is no accident that most of the remaining natural resources are on indigenous land. First the white world ...
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Surfing the Amazon
In the Brazilian state of Amapa, on the full moon closest to the March equinox, the stillness of the rainforest is sha...
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Volume 5
Saving The Amazon with Google Earth and GPS Mapping
Inside a thatched-roof schoolhouse in Nabekodabadaquiba, a village deep in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest, Surui Indians and former military cartographers huddle over the newest weapons in the tribe’s fight for survival: laptop computers, satellite maps and hand-held global positioning systems.  At one table, Surui illustrators place a sheet of tracing paper over a satellite ima...
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Ecuador Ecuador's OCP Pipeline ~ A False Promise of Wealth
A 35 min documentary dealing with the OCP oil pipeline and drilling operations which run against the wishes of the indigenous people in the Ecuadorian Amazon.  

 


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Ashaninka ~ Indigenous-led Conservation in Brazil Ashaninka ~ Indigenous-led Conservation in Brazil
Deep in the interior of Brazilian Amazon, a logger illegally crosses the border from Peru and invades Ashaninka tribal land, felling another ancient mahogany and dragging it toward the river to be floated down to a truck and headed for international markets.


"For us, if the forest doesn't exist, if the jungle doesn't exist, then culture doesn't exist," said Moises Piyanko, an ...
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Kampú - Taking the Frog Vaccine Kampú - Taking the Frog Vaccine

Whether you know it as sapo (toad), vacina do sapo (toad vaccine), leite do sapo (toad milk), kambô, or kampú - the secretions of the phyllomedusa bicolor treefrog is  used throughout the region of the Amazon Basin by indigenous peoples, mestizos, and increasingly, by foreigners. 

 


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Soy - In the Name of Progress Soy - In the Name of Progress
A new soy rush has been kick-started and large-scale farm producers from all over Brazil are flocking to the Amazon in hopes of striking it rich with this golden crop.  The link between Amazon destruction and soy expansion is clear, irrefutable, and well documented. 

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Many Shades of Green - Soy Many Shades of Green - Soy's Sad Legacy in the Amazon, Part I

Miles of slashed, burned and bulldozed trees cover scorched earth: a mass arboreal grave in front of the ever-shrinking Amazon forest. Smoke thickens the air.  June through October is the burning season in Brazil. Emitting two hundred million tons of carbon dioxide each year, the burning of the Amazon rainforest is a major source of greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. 

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Shamanism in Northwest Amazonia: 4 Part Special Series Shamanism in Northwest Amazonia: 4 Part Special Series

Peter Gorman, investigative journalist and veteran traveller to remote regions of the Amazon Basin, reveals the intricate and deadly world of Amazonian shamanism in this four part series.  This "primer" on ayahuasca shamanism explores the world of the Master Plant Teachers, the Sacred Purge, Amazonian Sorcerers and Healers.

 

 


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The Dugout The Dugout
Taking an axe to tropical hardwood is an endeavor that commands attention at the first ringing stroke. And when your footing consists of a shifting gunwale and a wet tree trunk with water rushing between them, all the more so. Early one morning, on a jungle creek swollen past its banks, a old dugout full of men and a few boys circled.

 


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Amazon Amazon's Pororoca - the World's Longest Wave
The Araguari pororoca is the most frightening, and dangerous, of all the Amazonian tidal bores. Feared and revered by the Tupi-Guarani Indians, who called it poroc poroc, or "great destructive noise", the tremendous Araguari pororoca is powerful enough to tear entire trees from the river bank in its fury...and captivating enough to tempt surfers from all over the world to ride its untamed waves....
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Saving the Last Wild Soundscapes Saving the Last Wild Soundscapes
I am listening to the crystal-clear chinking of a tropical frog. In the distance I hear the clicks of crabs releasing themselves from aerial roots of trees and dropping into the water. Although I am sitting in my apartment in San Francisco, this recording by Bernie Krause nearly has me feeling the steam of a buzzing Costa Rican mangrove swamp.
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Frog Sweat ~ Matses Rainforest Medicine Frog Sweat ~ Matses Rainforest Medicine

 

The secretions from a rainforest tree frog the Matses Indians have traditionally burnt into their arms might just burn a new path in Western medicine.  

 

 


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To Catch a Hummingbird To Catch a Hummingbird

It’s half past seven in an overcast morning in the Ecuadorian cloud forest. The mist is dense, and we are sitting under a plastic tarp wearing thick layers. We start taking the birds out of the cloth bags after the first round to the mist nets.    We have set up a series of long and almost invisible nets deep inside the forest, which birds will fly into and get caught. ...
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Caura - Where Conservation and Culture Meet Caura - Where Conservation and Culture Meet
San Francisco to Miami, Miami to Caracas, Caracas to Puerto Ordaz, a cramped four-hour taxi ride, and then up a major Orinoco tributary stretching towards the ancient mountains of the Guiana Shield…


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The Bigger Picture ~ Socially Responsible Conservation The Bigger Picture ~ Socially Responsible Conservation
There is much talk about buying land in Costa Rica and other tropical areas as a positive eco-investment strategy.  And because of this, what is happening in places like Costa Rica is that thousands of acres are being bought by foreigners for conservation purposes and taken completely out of production. 


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Mariri Rainforest Blog


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