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May 11, 2006

Shocker: Stone Age Primitives Leave The Jungle, Prefer The Modern World

I use the word "modern world" advisedly; we're talking about Colombia here.

The article seems to undermine several cherished leftist beliefs-- that a "natural" Rousseauian existence is preferable to a modern one, and that Marxist revolutionaries are romantic, cool dudes whose faces you should display on t-shirts.

Since time immemorial the Nukak-Makú have lived a Stone Age life, roaming across hundreds of miles of isolated and pristine Amazon jungle, killing monkeys with blowguns and scouring the forest floor for berries.

But recently, and rather mysteriously, a group of nearly 80 wandered out of the wilderness, half-naked, a gaggle of children and pet monkeys in tow, and declared themselves ready to join the modern world.

"We do not want to go back," explained one man, who uses the sole name Ma-be, and who arrived with the others at this outpost in southern Colombia in March. "We want to stay near town. We can plant our own food. In the meantime the town can help us."

While it is not known for sure why they left the jungle, what is abundantly clear is that the Nukak's experience as nomads and hunter-gatherers has left them wholly unprepared for the world they have just entered.

The Nukak have no concept of money, of property, of the role of government, or even of the existence of a country called Colombia. They ask whether the planes that fly overhead are moving on some sort of invisible road.

They have no government identification cards, making them nonentities to Colombia's bureaucracy.

"The Nukak don't know what they've gotten themselves into," said Dr. Javier Maldonado, 27, a physician who has been working with them.

When asked if the Nukak were concerned about the future, Belisario, the only one in the group who had been to the outside world before and spoke Spanish, seemed perplexed, less by the word than by the concept. "The future," he said, "what's that?"

...

The newly arrived Nukak do not provide much detail about why they left. They just say that "the Green Nukak," a possible reference to Marxist guerrillas, who wear camouflage, told them to leave.

Kinda Sorta Related: Climate Shifts, Not Human Overhunting, Killed Off The Mammoths. I guess this can be read in two different ways.

The conservative way: Climate changes have been around a hell of lot longer than industrialization and massive human populations. They're part of nature.

The liberal way: We have to stop global cooling warming change right now, or else we could end up losing even more wooly mammoths.


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