Amazon Basin

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This photo-essay by internationally acclaimed photographer Jan Reynolds offers a rare glimpse into the life of the Yanomama of the Amazon Basin.

The award-winning Vanishing Cultures seven-book series, now available again in beautiful, updated editions. Features photographic accounts of children from indigenous cultures around the world-exploring their daily lives, relationships with their environments, and challenges in a changing world.

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Overview

This photo-essay by internationally acclaimed photographer Jan Reynolds offers a rare glimpse into the life of the Yanomama of the Amazon Basin.

The award-winning Vanishing Cultures seven-book series, now available again in beautiful, updated editions. Features photographic accounts of children from indigenous cultures around the world-exploring their daily lives, relationships with their environments, and challenges in a changing world.

Describes, in text and photographs, the vanishing culture of the Yanomama, a primitive group that lives in the Amazon Territory of Venezuela.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara Wheatley
Amazing photos and interesting text accompany this book from the "Explore Vanishing Cultures" series in which Reynolds traveled to the Amazon Rainforest to live with the Yanomama, the largest group of primitive people still surviving. The reader follows a young boy named Tuwenowa and his family through their daily lives, beginning with his grandfather telling stories about their people. The next day, Tuwenowa helps his mother gather a common Yanomaman food, plantains, from their garden. His older brother, Yamokonawe, comes to help and brings Tuwenowa seedpods from a kapok tree, which is a sweet treat. Since the Yanomama do not raise animals for food, they must hunt for animals that live in the jungle, so the brothers practice using their bows and arrows. Then they hunt for fish in the muddy waters of a nearby swamp where other family members are fishing with hand-woven baskets. The following day, Tuwenowa and his family travel in a boat made from a large, hollowed-out tree to see his father, the shaman, who has been visiting relatives down the river. While visiting, the children play in the river, gather sweet pods to eat, and practice hunting for birds with a special arrow. The older family members help the children decorate themselves for the upcoming funeral of a loved one. At the close of the book, family members drink a mixture of the ashes of the dead relative mixed with fruit and water with the belief that this will allow the spirit of their loved one to live on in them. The real-life photos portray the Yanomama in their scant, native attire, which may require previewing for younger readers. Reynolds vividly portrays this vanishing people and their daily life with stunningaccuracy, which makes it an excellent cultural resource. Reviewer: Barbara Wheatley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600601255
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: Vanishing Cultures Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 683,985
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Reynolds is an award-winning author and photographer of children's books whose work has also appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Outside magazine. An avid skier, mountain climber, and adventurer, Reynolds enjoys traveling the world and immersing herself in little-known cultures. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Stowe, Vermont.
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