PEOPLE OF THE RAINFOREST
|We often overlook the
millions of people that live in the rain forests. Did you know that
there are about 50,000,000 tribal people living in world's rainforests?
These people depend on the forests for their food and shelter. As
we cut more and more trees and destroy more and more of the forests, we
are also killing people. Many native tribes have been exterminated
already because their governments failed to protect them from logging companies,
the mining companies and the slash and burn farmers.|
Here is some more information
about three of the larger and more well-known tribes:
This Pygmy woman is food outside her hut, with her baby cradled on her back. Mbuti and Baka Pygmies
live in the rainforests of Central Africa. Traditionally they live
by hunting and gathering food.
The Huli are one of the many tribes that live in the remote highland forests of Papua New Guniea.
They live by hunting, gathering plants and growing crops. Men and
women live seperately, in large group houses. The men decorate their
bodies with colored clay and wear elaborate headdresses for ceremonies.
One of the largest groups of Amerindian
people in South America is the Yanomami. Their village life is centered
around the yano, or communal house. The yano is a large, circular
building constructed of vine and leaf thatch, which has a living space
in the middle. This picture shows Yanomami men eating a meal.