The Cat People - Page 5
Currently, it is not
recommended to meet the Matsés using commercial tourist guides who due to
their past indiscretions are often prohibited from entering the reserve by
the Matsés chief. Best to have the Matsés Indians act as your guides, thus
preventing the exploitation of the Matsés communities by outsiders. If you
would like to receive more information and materials on the Matsés, please purchase a
documentary and become a member,
thereby gaining free access to the information needed (maps, videos, books,
magazines and dictionaries) in order to plan a success trip to meet real indigenous
Amazonians (that is, those who still speak their native language and
practice their Amazonian culture).
For more information and to see more photos of my journey to the Galvez
River, please visit the
Gallery. An excellent reference is
the book, "Matsesën Nampid Chuibanaid, La Vida Tradicional de los Matsés" (The
Traditional Life of the Matsés) in Matsés, Spanish and English, published in
July, 2004 by the CAAAP (Centro Amazónico de Antropología y Aplicación
Práctica, www.caaap.org.pe). For information on the ecology of the Yavarí
Valley, please read Rapid Biological Inventories: 11, Peru:Yavarí, published
by the Field Museum (www.fieldmuseum.org) in November, 2003.
documentaries of the Matis Indians (who are closely related to the
Matsés) are available.
if you would like to learn how you can meet Amazonian Indians and find out how you can help them preserve their culture,
become a member and get free access to maps, magazines, books,
videos, and indigenous dictionaries. Additionally, if you are
interested in authentic Matsés handicrafts, please contact info(at)amazon-indians.org.
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