The Lost Tribes of the Amazon

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin, founder of the Amazon Conservation Team, talks about the “uncontacted,” isolated groups living deep in the South American forest resist the ways of the modern world. He's featured in the article “The Lost Tribes of the Amazon,” by Joshua Hammer, in the March issue of Smithsonian magazine.


Mark Plotkin

Comments [5]


@Sterling from Manhattan:

Mar. 08 2013 02:10 PM
Mike from Tribeca

An interesting interview ruined by too much pseudoscience.

Mar. 05 2013 01:00 PM
Sterling from Manhattan

Norman Lewis founded Survival International decades ago to protect the same area. Is it still active?

Mar. 05 2013 12:50 PM

Question for your guest: with dwindling populations of isolated tribes, what is the likelihood of their survival when intertribal mating is likely dwindling also? How does this affect their health from such small gene pools? Thank you.

Nicole in Harlem

Mar. 05 2013 12:47 PM
William from Manhattan

Has your guest read Jared Diamond's book The World Until Yesterday? And if he has, what does he think of Diamond's idea that we in the "modern world" might selectively adopt certain practices of "traditional" societies that make sense for our cultures?

Mar. 05 2013 12:44 PM

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