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There's lots of interesting stuff floating around the blogosphere about the Nukak and the NY Times article, including Evolution Shift's musings about the Times quote that one of the Nukak's said: “The future, what’s that?” http://www.evolutionshift.com/blog/2006/05/12/a-truly-great-question/

There can really be no doubt that the Nukak saw the future in the jungle and they knew it was bleak -- that's why people move. As the Times said, they left probably because of the encroachments of the rest of the world - the coca growers, the marxist guerillas.

As some of the last hunter gatherers disappear from the earth, we realize from this story a loss of self sufficiency and independence — not just for the Nukak, but for all of us. Our biosphere is shrinking, our people more interdependent — and the need, and therefore the opportunity, to work together to revitalize the planet, our jungle, have never been greater.

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