Waorani For centuries, the Waorani have lived in the Ecuador rainforest. But American oil companies are destroying their way of life and driving them to extinction.
"In the past, we'd only hunt big monkeys. Today, you don't even see tigers and pumas around here", laments one Waorani. From the age of 11, tribe members are fully sufficient. Asking for help is seen as a sign of weakness and they take pride in their complete independence. But the arrival of oil companies is changing everything. "Families everywhere have been killed", states one woman. "I want to threaten and kill the strange people like my grandfather would have." The Ecuadorian army patrol the Amazon, protecting the oil companies' pipelines. Colonisation is separating the Waorani from their pristine environment. Today, they face their most difficult challenge, joining a market economy.

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