By, Skylar Gray

 Rainforest People

I am Dedicating this book to…

Kate Karmen

Hailey Thomas

Nicole Seltmann

Emily Wolff

Ruby Van Der Heide

Sam Koenig

Kai Fosshage

They helped me think of good pictures and ideas for things in my book and outside of school! They are also some of my best friends! They play sports with me and when I do something wrong they tell me, then I correct it!

 

 


This book is about some differen
t types of rainforest people. The Akuntsu, Pygmies, and the Yanomami tribes. I thought these people were interesting because the people had different types of outfits. It seemed really cool!

Introduction

Table of Contents

 

 

Chapter 1- Pygmies Tribe

 

 

Chapter 2- Yanomamis Tribe

 

 

Chapter 3- Akuntsu Tribe

 

 

Glossary

 

 

Bibliography

Chapter 1

Pygmies

Have you ever heard of the rainforest? Have you ever heard of rainforest people? Have you ever heard of Pygmies? If you want someone to hunt for your I would ask the Pygmies because that is one of their best things they can do. They also have different religions, languages and many places they live. Some even face threats in different places they live. Otherwise, they are very intelligent people.

 

 

The Central African people are highly capable of doing a whole lot, but one that they are best at is hunting and gathering. It’s a step by step process. “The women are a part of one of the first steps. The women scare the animals into the nets that the men hold” said Rhett Butler from Mongabay.com. Pygmies hunting and gathering is usually men going in groups. Sometimes they need the woman to scare the animals into the nets, but usually it’s just men. This is crucial to the people who hunt because it’s either they don’t have dinner that night or they do, but thankfully most people in the Pygmy group are superb at this. Though they need the animals to hunt and gather to get food, they do respect the animals. When they don’t hunt they gather. They usually gather wild ram, fruit, mushrooms, caterpillars, larvae, seeds, crocodile eggs and wild tubers. Most of these foods normal people won't eat like, the crocodile eggs or caterpillars, but the Pygmies survive with what's around them and those are things they might need to survive with.

 

Pygmies live in different parts of the world, they speak different languages, and they have different religions. Most people in this tribe speech the language Jengi. Jengi means a gang or to arrange together to work in coordination. The people of the Pygmy group have to work together to survive. If you look at a world map with all the religions in the middle of Africa and mostly all of South America that is mostly Catholic religion. That’s the religion most of the Pygmy people are. 65% of Pygmies are Catholic religion. They live in many different places to. They live in Central or Western Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. That’s a lot of places.

A lot of threats are happening to the Pygmies. One is logging. “Logging is when the activity or business of felling trees and cutting and preparing the timber. This is not good because the wood is drag through the forest and access road is opened up remote forest areas to agriculture by poor farmers.” Research shows that more wildlife lives in untouched or “primary” rainforest than the ones with logging says Rhett Butler author of Kids.Mongabay.com. Another big threat to the Pygmies is violent abuse. They are suffering through killings and people should stop. They are people too just different. In 1994 an estimate of 30% of the Pygmies were killed. Maybe they were killed for racism because racism is a big threat to the Pygmies to. They are treated like they are untouchable. Also, they are often not respected by neighboring people from international companies. That now brings us to our last detail, health problems. Kate Eshelby from Survival said “80% of the people in Cameroon have yaws”. Which is a serious skin condition. Also, some of the pygmies are getting different diseases like malaria, rheumatism, respiratory infections and hepatitis C.

 

To conclude, these the most important topics about Pygmies. They are very good at hunting and gathering, they have a religion, a language, they have a lot of places where they live and they have a lot of threats going on right now. Maybe if people stop hurting the Pygmies they won’t have any threats. Even though they are killing animals doesn’t mean people need to kill them. Overall, Pygmies are very astonishing at many things and shouldn’t be going through anything bad.



 

Chapter #2

 

Yanomamis

Yanomamis are very unique. Yanomamis are very talented. Yanomamis are very strong. Yanomamis are very different as well. If you want fresh fruit I recommend coming to the Yanomamis. They have different cultures, they have threats and also they do horticulture.

 

Have you ever heard of horticulture? Horticulture is the art or practice of garden cultivation and management. The men and the women each have a different job they have to complete. The men do the burdensome work. They clean areas of rainforest for gardening. That’s important because you need the space to put the food that need to grow. The women have a big part, and the most important part of horticulture, the gardening. They grow bananas, corn, tobacco, and cotton, but they also grow other vegetables and fruit. They also do hunting and gathering. They gather fruits, nuts, seeds, grubs and honey. When they are hunting they hunt monkeys, deer, tapirs, fowl, armadillos, and fish. Would you eat monkey?

 

Culture is a big part of the Yanomamis life. Somethings could be disgusting to you, but for them it’s a normal daily life. First, the language they speak. “They don’t really have a language, but they have vowels. These vowels are a, e, i, o, u and a upside down e which is pronounced ‘y,’ like the Spanish word ‘and’” says Wikifoundry.com. Another big aspect of their religion and culture is what they wear. This is probably the weirdest of everything the Yanomamis do. They don’t wear any clothes, but the men do wear a belt. They don’t have any body hair either because they pluck it out. The Yanomamis only live in South America. In Brazil in Venezuela. The population of the Yanomamis is 32,000 people. Their religion is Catholic and Protestant.  

 

There are threats going on in probably every rainforest tribe, but they are all different. The Yanomamis have three threats. One is gold mining. “The people who are mining are invading places and their land. The miners shot them, destroyed many villages, and exposed them to diseases to which they had no immunity,” says Survival. “More recently, a group of miners entered a village and murdered sixteen Yanomamis including babies,” says Survival. This is not fair to the Yanomamis because it’s their land and their resource. The second detail is timber production. Timber Production is a step by step process which is plowing the land, planting the small trees, thinning the trees which is cutting down old trees and felling and removal which can cause carbon dioxide to come into their air. Also, plowing through the forest where they live might make their homes be gone.

 

To conclude, Yanomamis can do horticulture, they have a different culture and they have threats. The best thing they do is gardening. The are different and unique in many ways to. Overall, Yanomamis can do many things and they are different then other people and tribes.

Chapter #3

 

 

Akuntsu

 

Have you ever heard of the Akuntsu tribe? You probably haven’t because their are only five left in the whole world. These people have to houses in the middle of a forest with people and buildings not that far from them. Why is their population low? How and when did they get invaded? What is their future going to be like?

 

 

The Akuntsu tribe is one big family. Imagine a family with five people. That’s how it is like for them. Some people even have six people in their family, so imagine a whole tribe with less people than in your family. As you can see their population is very low. In 2010, a younger woman got killed in a storm when a tree fell on her and her house. It is a 8% chance it would happen to someone in a year, so the chances are very low. In 2009, the oldest Akuntsu died of old age. How is this tribe going to live on if people are dying? The big thing that happened to the Akuntsu is that many of them lost their lives to intruders. In 1995, government fieldworkers made contact with the Akuntsu tribe and their population went down to seven. It’s really devastating to the Akuntsu that their friends and family had to end like that.

 

 

 

Some Akuntsu dies of many reasons, but one of the big ones was invasion. The fieldworkers and the ranchers are a big part of the Akuntsu invasion. The FUNAI are trying to kick out the ranchers and fieldworkers. That is great because the Akuntsu tribe will have a home until they disappear from this world, but if the the FUNAI doesn’t kick out the invaders they will get killed. People killing the Akuntsu us another big problem with invasion. They can just come into their two little houses and kill them because they live by the Akuntsu in the buildings surrounding them. Close, but not far away there is are buildings and that is one of the other big issues going on. It’s not right people invade and not right when they invade they kill the Akuntsu tribe.

 

The future is probably not going to happen for the Akuntsu tribe. Only if they marry into another tribe. If they marry into another tribe their legacy will still be with them. Also, a lot of susceptible diseases can spread by outsiders which can make them vanish. The future might also lead to more killings to the Akuntsu. If many thing have happened over a couple of years each what will happen next. Maybe more of the fieldworkers or ranchers will inade to create more harm to the Akuntsu. They are going to die of old age, so their tribe will eventually end. There is also building around them, so people are their surrounding them. That’s still people and the are in the Akuntsu tribe territory. The future doesn’t have a big result to the Akuntsu.

The future isn't going the right way for the Akuntsu tribe.


To conclude, the Akuntsu tribe has been going through a lot over the past twenty years. It’s not good things happening to them it is bad things that shouldn't happen. Their population is very low. As low as families. They are getting invaded by fieldworkers and ranchers and their future is probably not going to happen. Overall, the Akutsu is falling apart.                            

Burdensome- oppressively heavy; onerous.

 

Fieldworker- a temporary military fortification erected in a field.

 

Grub- a thick bodied, sluggish larva of several insects, as of a scarab beetle.

 

Horticulture- the cultivation of a garden, orchard, or nursery; the cultivation of flowers, fruits, and ornamental plants.

 

Invaders- people that enter like an enemy.

 

Jengi-  a gang or to arrange together to work in coordination, but the language that the Pygmies speak.

 

Larvae- the immature, wingless, feeding stage of an insect that undergoes complete metamorphosis.

 

Logging- the process work or business of cutting down trees and transporting the los to sawmills.

 

Population- the total number persons inhabiting a country, city, or any district or area.

 

Ranchers- people who owns or runs a ranch.

 

Threats- a indication of warning of probable trouble.

 

Timber Production- trees that are grow in order to produce wood, used as a interjection to warn people nearby that a cut tree is about to fall; a large piece of wood that is used to form a part of a building.

 

Tribes- a local division of an aboriginal people.

 

Tubers- a fleshy, usually oblong or rounded thickening outgrowth as the potato, of a subterranean stem or shoot, bearing minute scale like leaves with buds or eyes in their axils which may new plants will arrive.

Glossary

Population- the total number persons inhabiting a country, city, or any district or area.

 

Ranchers- people who owns or runs a ranch.

 

Threats- a indication of warning of probable trouble.

 

Timber Production- trees that are grow in order to produce wood, used as a interjection to warn people nearby that a cut tree is about to fall; a large piece of wood that is used to form a part of a building.

 

Tribes- a local division of an aboriginal people.


Tubers- a fleshy, usually oblong or rounded thickening outgrowth as the potato, of a subterranean stem or shoot, bearing minute scale like leaves with buds or eyes in their axils which may new plants will arrive.

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