Indigenous Huaorani Seek Oil Moratorium on Their Amazon Lands

Members of the South American indigenous group, the Huaorani, are calling for a moratorium on all oil activities in their ancestral Amazonian lands in northeast Ecuador.

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May 18, 2005 in ecuador | Permalink | Comments (1)

Amazon Indians battle in Ecuador over logging

Me traveling with the Huaorani

Me travelling with the Huaorani

Penti Baihua, a community leader of the Huaorani Indians, knew there was more to the massacre of 26 members of a rival Amazon tribe than mere revenge.

In May 2003, nine Huaorani warriors from the village of Tiguino killed 26 Tagaeri men, women and children. They justified the massacre of nearly one- fifth of a tiny tribe that shuns outsiders as payback for a 1993 murder. But Colombian loggers may have instigated the raid so they could seek lucrative stands of Spanish cedar and a mahogany called aguano abundantly found on Tagaeri land, according to recent interviews with government officials, police investigators and several Huaorani leaders.

"They (the loggers) were scared of the Tagaeri and went to Tiguino," said Penti Baihua, a Huaorani leader who spoke with several of the nine raiders after the attack. "They told them: 'We'll give you gasoline and bullets if you kill the Tagaeri. We want to work in that area.' "

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December 8, 2004 in ecuador, follow the money..., Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wunago -- Your guide to Wheelchair Accessible Travel --

Contrary to rumor, Wunago is not an ancient tribe of wheelchair warriors. The name "Wunago" comes from a desire many people with disabilities have. They "want to go" places and see new things and experience everything life has to offer. Based on his personal travel experiences,l LorenlWorthingtonlrecognized that travel is far less stressful if you have a clear understanding of what type of accessibility lies ahead. More over, when you hear about a great place to visit that offers a wheelchair-friendly environment, you have a tendency to go explore.

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September 20, 2004 in accessability, africa, alaska, ecuador, symptom management, Travel, treatment | Permalink | Comments (0)

'The Passion of the Christ' may change hearts and history

Me traveling with the Auca/Huaorani

I have no interest in seeing this movie, but I have traveled with a group that made this list of Christian turning points.

...There are well-known turning points in history, such as Paul setting off on his missionary trips that ushered in the rapid spread of Christianity beyond Israel, and Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, awakening the Protestant Reformation.

There are lesser known moments along the way.
A more recent example was the slaughter of five young American missionaries led by Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, who were killed in 1956 in Ecuador by the Auca Indians whom they were trying to tell about Christ. The Indians, now called the Huaorani, are Christians today. And, the deaths of the men made worldwide news and kindled a fire for missions among a generation of young people.

I'm sure the Huaorani would appreciate the fact that they created a "seminal moment" in Christian history.

More 'great moments' here.

Apparently the author missed this article about his 'Christian' friends:

Update: May 29, 2003. Tagaeri Indians killed in Ecuador. It is being reported that Huaorani from the Tiguino community recently killed up to 30 members of the Tagaeri (a Huaorani clan). ONHAE, the Organization of the Huaorani Nation of the Ecuadorian Amazon, is asking people to stay away from the area. Many tour companies operating out of Quito and Coca (Ecuador) bring tourists through this area. The potential visitor should seek up-to-date information before going to this area. Revenge attacks, even revenge killings, are a strong possibility.

You can find more on this weblog published by a missionary in Ecuador.

And some more here.

The Huaorani were very friendly when we visited, however the Huaorani villages we visited are filled with villagers who fled the mission villages. The killings are what happens when you mix oil, timber and "primitive" people. The best book on oil and the Huaorani is Savages.

March 27, 2004 in ecuador | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ecuador Maps 20-Year Plan to Slow Deforestation

oldgrowth.jpgThe jungle was beautiful, but the picture on the right is the only old growth tree (yes it is a tree and not a cliff) we saw on a week long boat trip in Ecuador.

Ecuador, which lost more of its forest cover than any other nation in South America in the 1990s, is developing a 20-year plan to work with the private sector to plant new trees and protect old forest.

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December 10, 2003 in economy, ecuador, environment, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)