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Matis Indians - Explorers Club Flag 99

Explorers Club Amazon Expedition

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The Explorers Club in cooperation with provided medical care to indigenous people in Peru, Brazil, and Colombia during the first two weeks of April, 2005. The flag expedition visited Matis, Ticuna, Mayoruna, Marubo, and Yagua communities in the "Tres Fronteras" (Three Frontiers) area.

The editor of Amazon-Indians, Dr. Dan James Pantone, served as the expedition leader and made local contacts with various indigenous communities near the Amazon River in Colombia and the Javari (Yavarí) River in Brazil and Peru. The medical team consisted of an ophthalmologist and an ophthalmic technician who made eye-examinations and fitted eyeglasses. The objectives of the expedition were to document the indigenous Amazonian cultures of the Matis Indians and other native tribes in the area and to provide eye care to the communities.

The Explorers Club is a prestigious organization with Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to scale Mount Everest, as its honorary chairman at the time of the mission.  This was a flag expedition and the historic flag used in this operation (Flag Number 99) was also used in the American Expedition to Antarctica in the 1930s.


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