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The first expedition was down into the Amazon where they were shrinking human heads ... These people retained memories of their ancestors having gone down the Amazon river 3,000 miles and traded with great ships coming from the Middle East. Jonathan Gray, interview Coast to Coast Hidden Discoveries
This man was with another group; they were miners and they were ambushed by this tribe. The tribe captured him; the others fled thinking that he was a gonna. He escaped after four months ... 30,000 of these people went underground. 30,000. This was about 1976 ... These people are actually very sophisticated ... You approach the city through the tunnel. ibid.
This juice has been found in little glass containers in tombs, and accidentally one was knocked over and fell upon a rock and started softening the rock. ibid.
The Amazon is the greatest river in the world by so many measures; the volume of water it carries to the sea (approximately 20% of all the freshwater discharge into the oceans), the area of land that drains into it, and its length and width. It is one of the longest rivers in the world and, depending upon who you talk to, is anywhere between 6,259km/3,903miles and 6,712km/4,195miles. Extreme Science online article
The planet’s undisputable super-river is the Amazon. It carries as much water as the next top ten biggest rivers combined. Rising in the Peruvian Andes its main trunk flows eastwards across Brazil. David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Freshwater, BBC 2006
A few men and women still live in isolation. Untouched by modern civilisation many of these tribes live deep in the Amazon rainforest. Very occasionally they are caught on camera. Now something astonishing is happening. Some of these hidden tribes are emerging from the forests and terrorising local communities. There is a war in the jungle. Could these be the last days of the tribes that time forgot? First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon, Channel 4 2016
They turned some tribes into slave-workers. The rubber companies sent out hunters to capture or exterminate tens of thousands of others. ibid.
Floating on the Amazon River is a wonder of the animal world ... a seething mass of ants – the fire ant ... an entire ant colony can join together as one large raft built from their own bodies. Planet Ant: Inside the Colony, BBC 2013
You wanted to know the story of Fitzcarraldo. It’s a strange story, a little bit Sisyphus-like story, a story of challenge, of the impossible. Burden of Dreams, 1982
In November 1979 Herzog builds a camp for cast and crew in the dense tropical rain forest close to the Ecuadorian border … Peru and Ecuador are building up to a small border war. The jungle is full of soldiers and the Aguaruna Indians. ibid.
Mick Jagger plays Fitzcarraldo’s sidekick. ibid.
‘I live my life or I end my life with this project.’ ibid. Herzog
‘We have had enough trouble.’ ibid.
Despite Herzog’s high technology the jungle is winning. ibid.
The giant otter – six feet long from tip to tail. They’re known in the Amazon as wolves of the river. Natural World: Giant Otters of the Amazon, BBC 2017
Otters have got unique throat markings, rather like fingerprints. ibid.
Giant otters live in family groups. ibid.
They do have an arch-enemy here on the lake: black caiman. ibid.
There are over 700 black caiman here on this lake. ibid.
The jaguar is the ultimate forest hunter. ibid.
The Amazonian Indians – it is they who are paying the price of oil. The Curse of Oil I: Rich and Poor, BBC 2004
‘Texaco left 627 open-air pits. It is the worst ecological disaster in the hemisphere.’ ibid.
The rights of ownership of the people over the lands they traditionally occupy shall be recognised. The rights of the people to the natural resources pertaining to their lands shall be specifically safeguarded: UN ILO Indigenous and Tribal People Convention 169. When Two Worlds Collide ***** captions, 2016
American entrepreneurs: bring your factories here. Come! ibid. Alan Garcia, president of Peru 2007
I grew up in a collective environment. Where we all enjoy what the earth gives us … Our territories are sacred to us. ibid. Alberto Pizango, president Organization for Native Amazon Peoples
Now you’ll see the damage the crude oil is causing in our region. ibid.
These laws gave private companies the right to exploit rainforest resources. ibid. Victor Belaunde, former congressman
Protests have sprung up in four Amazonian regions. ibid. news
There are dead and wounded people … ibid. reporter
Nine indigenous men are killed. ibid.
What a shame that a democratic government is making Peruvians kill each other. ibid. Pizango
Asylum [for Pizango] was granted in accordance with international laws. ibid. Nicaraguan diplomat
Back in Peru, Alberto Pizango is charged with rebellion, sedition, murder and conspiracy against the State. ibid. caption
Long live the struggle of the Amazonia people! ibid. demonstration in Lima
13 days after the confrontation in Bagua, Congress overturns two of the controversial laws, including Forestry Law 1090. ibid.
But they keep making deals under the table to let the companies in. ibid. Pizango
I’ve decided that I must go back. ibid.
What’s wrong with this world when oil or a piece of gold is worth more than a human life? ibid. father or murdered rozzer
Despite the government’s recent pledge to halt deforestation by 2021, deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon continues to rise. ibid. caption
No government officials were ever charged. ibid.
New scientific research has discovered not just a few individuals living off grid but entire cultures … Deep within the Amazon wilderness there are lost tribes hidden from the rest of the planet. Mysteries of the Missing s1e5: Bermuda Triangle, Discovery 2018
The Amazon basin: home to the largest rain forest on Earth. Over 380 billion trees covering around a third of South America’s entire land mass. A unique natural wonder home to a dizzying array of plants, animals and insects … Large areas of this rain forest are being destroyed by fire. Earth’s Natural Wonders I: Surviving the Extreme, BBC 2018
The dozens of indigenous groups who still inhabit the rainforest. One of these is the Kamayura, a community of just over 500 people. Theirs is a world dominated by spirits. Earth’s Natural Wonders III: Surviving Against the Odds
Brazilian Amazon: We are currently boating through flooded forests to meet the Mayoruna Indians, a formerly cannibalistic tribe who use a strange frog-dried drug they call sambo. They use it to give themselves energy for hunting, they use it to abort pregnancies … an opioid peptide that’s a hundred time stronger than morphine, and some people say it’s psychedelic. Hamilton’s Phamacopeia: Getting High on Frogs, Vice 2012
And wake up feeling fantastic next day. ibid.
The Mayoruna village is a collection of huts spread across a large dusty clearing. ibid.
We’ll harvest the secretions and burn them and rub them into my wounds. ibid.
‘He says you throw up a lot when you do the frog.’ ibid. interpreter
Earth’s great rivers from source to sea make extraordinary journeys, carving through continents, nurturing ancient civilisation, feeding and connection life across our world, from the mountains and deserts of the Nile to the cities and mysteries swamps of the Mississippi and the steaming waters and secrets worlds of the tropic Amazon. Great rivers are the lifeblood of planet Earth. Earth’s Great Rivers I: Amazon, BBC 2018
One rivers dwarfs all others – the biggest on the planet – the Amazon. It flows through nine countries across one third of South America sustaining the largest rain forest on Earth, supporting the world’s greatest diversity of wildlife. ibid.
All around is the sound of the Amazon coming to Life. The Amazon is the greatest river basin in the world – gathering water from right across tropical South America, amassing one fifth of the Earth fresh water as it flows east across the continent. ibid.
Giant river otters – some nearly two metres long … It takes three years for an otter cub to master the complexities of fishing in these rivers. ibid.