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'The Tribe that Hides from Man' by Adrian Cowell
Abacus Books 1976, softcover, 224 pages, photographs.
In quite good condition, creasing to cover, all pages clean.

Originally published in 1973, this book describes the author's attempts to make contact with the Kreen-Akore - the most ferocious and elusive Amazon tribe to inhabit the rain forest. The purpose of the expedition was to locate the tribe and bring it gently into contact with the modern world.

The tribe's hostility to Europeans had proved virtually implacable - for years they had been killing intruders on sight. During the 70s, as the Stone Age tribes of the Amazon fell prey to European diseases, the Brazilian government established a national park on the River Xingu, and sent out expeditions to contact the remaining Indians in an attempt to acclimatize them to the 20th century. The two Villas Boas brothers, Claudio and Orlando, were selected to make contact with the Kreen-Akrore, deep in the hostile jungle.

"First book that got me interested in the indians of the Amazon. It was the seminal book that along with 'The Savage My Kinsman' stimulated my interest in the indigenous peoples of South America.
The book starts with an excellent prologue that touches upon what at that time had been a major scandal: that of the corruption, brutality and mismanagement of Brazil'S SPI (Indian Protection Service). The service that had been charged in 1911 in protecting the indigenous peoples of Brazil from the advancing frontier had in fact been colluding in the dispossession and extermination of the indian tribes.
It was deemed prudent to make contact with the Kreen Akrore as two National Highways were planned to cross their lands. Adrian Cowell creates the feelings of claustrophobia and fear of the unknown faced by the members of the expedition and almost certainly by the Kreen Akrore."

"A great read, part travelogue, part anthropological study, part work of modern history. Clearly written and meticulously detailed and annotated." Please click here to ask a question
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