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RAINFOREST PEOPLE

By Rhett Butler   |  Last updated July 31, 2012
Tropical rainforests have long been home to indigenous peoples who have shaped civilizations and cultures based on the environment in which they live. Great civilizations like the Mayas, Incas, and Aztecs developed complex societies and made great contributions to science. Living from nature and lacking the technology to dominate their environment, native peoples have learned to watch their surroundings and understand the intricacies of the rainforest. Over generations these people have learned the importance of living within their environment and have come to rely on the countless renewable benefits that forests can provide.


Waura medicine man
Waura medicine man, Brazil. (by Sue Wren)



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Forest People
African Forest People
Asian Forest People
American Forest People
Forest People Overview
Incas - Wade Davis
Incan Achievements
Dyaks
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References
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Indigenous Health
Lessons from the Maya
Forest people plant knowledge
A Brief Social History of Borneo
Forest people today
Tri-country Amerindian summit
Indigenous people estimates
Varzea vs Terra settlements

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- Who lives in the rainforest?
- Great rainforest civilizations
- Medicinal plants and native people
- What happened to the people of the Amazon?
- Kids in the rainforest


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