Plants are very important to the lives of the Tirio Indians
who live in the Amazon rain forest. Read what some Tirio Indian children say
about how they use plants. Photos by Mark Plotkin.
Lisha: My favorite is the „tu-huhš (which
you call the Brazil nut) because it is delicious!
Isaki: I make rope from palm fiber.
Kadena: My Dad made my bow from „wurabaš wood, a type of fig tree.
Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin is president of The Amazon
Conservation Team in Arlington, Virginia. When growing up in Louisiana,
Mark was always chasing reptiles and amphibians. Now he has lots of pet
snakes. "The world needs more explorers!" he says.
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