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George De StefanoAn engrossing, often astonishing account of Schneebaum's experience among a tribe living a Stone Age existence deep in the Madre de Dios rainforest of eastern Peru.
Posted April 1, 2001
I saw the movie Keep the River on Your Right: A MOdern cannibal Tale in NYC yesterday - and immediately reread this book which I've had on my shelf for 20 years. The book is harrowing and lovely. And the new documentary which is in theaters this year across the country was startlingly good. All the critics of Schneebaum should be silenced now - thise arrogant to inists the academics always get it right, and not those who come to the world viewing people as people and not animals to be studied. Schneebaum had a few cultural mistakes like thinking he was called Habe, meaning the ignorant one, but (and this is hilarious) Habe, when the tribe was asked 45 years later, turned out to mean 'Come here!' I'd recommend Keep the River on Your Right to anyone, but not to up themselves rightous types who are blind to compelling evidence.
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