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A Touch of Africa : Part II : Onto The Amazon
Did a lost population of feral people dwell in the darker recesses of the N.F.D. in Kenya's remote north?
How was it possible to communicate over vast distances without the benefits of modern technology?
Why did the Yanomama who lived deep in the Amazon rainforest practice female infanticide as part of their cultural survival?
How was it possible for these so called primitive people on two continents to produce a designer poison using only one of the millions of insects that abounded around them?
Do elephants have a sense of impending death? Who were the 'white' men the nomads encountered on the plains of Kenya in a forgotten and desolate wilderness?
These are but a few of the stories found in 'A Touch of Africa,' and Part II 'Onto the Amazon.'
My journeys have taken me to Africa, the Amazon jungle, and the sub Arctic in Canada's far north. I fished with lepers on the Amazon River in the blackest of nights, walked the slave route in central Africa, and stood on the ground where Stanley presumed to meet Livingstone. The characters encountered in the backcountry were unique, each with their own fascinating tale, and over the years they became unwavering friends. I came to know the smell of famine and buried the dead, came down with malaria and later, black swamp fever. While on safari the unexpected became the norm as roads disappeared and the elephant assumed the right of way.
It was in Kenya, East Africa where I experienced a way of life without the benefits of all the creature comforts we seem to believe are necessities. I started off teaching African students in a 'bush' school. My timetable included weekly forays into backcountry where as a novice, I was expected to hunt enough game to feed the school's nearly three hundred students.
I was fortunate enough to meet a group of Italian old timers who lived and worked in some of the remotest areas of Kenya. Through these newly acquired contacts, I was able to safari beyond the tourist line and back in time to an Africa of yesterday. I learned KiSwahili and roamed the infamous Northern Frontier District, the N.F.D., with the elegant Samburu and fearless Turkana warriors where each day life teetered on the edge. Big game abounded and became part of everyday existence. One had to learn the boundaries set out by lion and poisoness snakes. Over the years I came to glimpse the world through the eyes of these warrior nomads. They taught me the signs left behind by the creatures that roamed the wilds.
I spent a brief moment with the Yanomama Indians in the Amazon, a hunting gathering people who represent a continuous link with the Paleolithic Age. I followed them deep into the tropical rain forest on a hunting expedition and witnessed them revert back to an earlier time as they communicated using the sounds of the jungle animals. These are a people who visualize in one dimension and count to two and conclude with 'many.' Each afternoon when returning from the forest, the day's catch might be a howler monkey, a toucan or two, sometimes a turtle or a turkey sized bird, but most often several brilliantly colored parrots which thrived in the forest canopy.
'A TOUCH OF AFRICA,' and PART II, 'ONTO TO THE AMAZON,' was deliberated over for the past twenty-five years and finally committed to the present format. The material is true, the people are real, and the humor unfolded to the observant eye. It was truly an adventurous time in a magnificent setting with intriguing people who became family.
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June 20, 2005
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