Tag Archives: Amazon River Basin

Preserving the Boto: The threatened existence of a culture and species in the Amazon River Basin.

The boto, a main focus in the folklore of the Amazon River Basin, is regarded as a sacred creature, seducing women and impregnating them. The tale has a few natural variations, but one of the well-known aspects is that the boto is a danger to eat and kill. This supernatural fish is used for cultural […]



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Overfishing in the Amazon River Basin

The ecosystems of the Amazon River Basin are very diverse. Over 1,500 species of birds, 430 species of mammals, 5,600 species of fish, and 40,000 species of plants exist in the Amazon alone. There is also a population of nearly three million people living in the Amazon rainforest. The topic I will be discussing in […]



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River of Doubt: Roosevelt in the Amazon

The Amazon River Basin has long been romanticized as a neo-Garden of Eden. Its bounty of fruit and animals species cause many to view this largely unexplored forest as a plentiful land thriving, and allowing those who inhabit it to thrive as well. The 1913 Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition did little to change these views. Though […]



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Abstract; Shamanism: The Journey Into the Spirit Realm

Within most tribal communities there is one member of the community that takes on the role of the shaman, which is usually male. Woman shamans are rare, but when they are chosen they tend to be very powerful in nature of healing. The member that assumes this role usually becomes rather ill at young age. […]



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Oil in the Amazon

There have been reserves of oil and natural gas found on indigenous peoples land throughout the Amazon River Basin. This land has been leased to national and international oil companies in “blocks”. The blocks run through indigenous peoples land and some of the most biodiverse areas in the amazon.To get a scale of the size […]



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