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This is a continuation of my descriptions on the rain forest from yesterday's posting, about the rain forest starting to vanish.

In Brazil alone, European colonists have destroyed more than 90 indigenous tribes since the 1900's. With them have gone centuries of accumulated knowledge of the medicinal value of rainforest species. As their homelands continue to be destroyed by deforestation, rainforest peoples are also disappearing.

Most medicine men and shamans remaining in the Rainforests today are 70 years old or more. Each time a rainforest medicine man dies, it is as if a library has burned down.

When a medicine man dies without passing his arts on to the next generation, the tribe and the world loses thousands of years of irreplaceable knowledge about medicinal plants.

This photo is a closeup of one of the trees looking at the flooded bottom of the rain forest.

This article is from http://www.rain-tree.com/facts.htm

Also look at my postings in TrekLens Faces & Images of the Amazon River

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