The end of Eden, take two

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Whistling and making animal noises, two tribesmen walked through a river in the Amazon cautiously approaching a local whose arms were filled with a bunch of bananas.

Nutritious and delicious, bananas will now forever be known as not just a fruit, but as a peace offering.

This kind gesture after all, is what ended centuries of isolation for the tribe.

The two men, who are part of the Chitonawa tribe in Peru, have been isolated from the outside world for some time.

Along with the rest of their tribe, they have been driven out of their natural environment due to illegal loggers cutting down their trees, and drug lords using their land for coca plants.

It was on June 29 that they made initial contact with the world we all know.

Experts said the men were walking through the forest for days after their tribe was shot by possible drug lords. They even said some of their relatives were eaten by vultures because they were unable to bury them.

With the population of the world at seven billion, it seems strange that there was an area on Earth where a group of people lived not having anyone to bother them. But it’s not so uncommon as one might think.

According to Survival International, a tribal rights group, these men and women who have been forced from their village, are just some of the 600 un-contacted natives in the Peru-Brazilian region.

And all of them are threatened by development.

They had their own Garden of Eden, but now it is destroyed.

Hopefully they can preserve their life and culture but also reap some benefits of the modern world, like health care and education.

However, it’s hard to imagine any of them will benefit from being introduced to the world we live in today.

Temptation runs deep, from drugs to gambling to drinking. They are self-sufficient. To them an axe is technology. They ask nothing from the world, but the world will soon be asking from them.

People struggle to make a living, and everything costs money.

To these tribesmen, they lived off the land and everything was free.One can only hope that they are left alone in peace and the craziness of the outside world doesn’t get to them or corrupt them.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Organizations: Survival International

Geographic location: Peru, Garden of Eden

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