Over at the Washington Post, there’s an interesting article documenting how two Amazonian Awá tribeswomen have escaped the modern life after being forced out of their traditional life styles. The Awá are one of many endangered tribes, threatened out of existence due to deforestation and modernization. Theye estimated to be about 450 people who now mostly live on reservations the southeastern edge of the Amazon. But an unknown number of members live as hunter-gatherers.
The story starts,
“In December 2014, three “non-contacted” [people were] led out of the forest they had lived in their whole lives and taken to a village.”
Jakarewãja and Amakaria are the two escapees. They contracted tuberculosis, unsurprisingly. They complained about the number of non-indigenous visitors they recieve. They complained about the food and medicine they were given by government health workers. They complained about the the heat under the tin-roofed metal hut they were forced into.
The story ends,
“A year and a half later, in an extraordinary twist, the two women have escaped back to the forest — taking just an ax, a machete and their pet birds. They left clothes they had been wearing strewn on a path — and their escape left a very clear message.
We don’t want your civilization. Instead, we choose our ancient way of life.”