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Traditional ways of life among Amazon people are being rapidly lost as indigenous cultures are assimilated into the dominant Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking culture. Most visitors to the Amazon can get a glimpse of the aboriginal traditions through staged dances and locals in native dress. Purists argue that these demonstrations are a travesty and demeaning. On the other hand, the occasions offer local people the opportunity to earn much-needed cash, and to maintain ancient rituals and celebrations. Without the interest of paying tourists, these vestiges could be lost forever.

Click below for photos and information on Amazon people's traditions:

anaconda dance villagers participate inside the hut bora dancers

palm wine dance yagua dancers

girl selling souvenirs yagua girl

traditionally dressed yagua man yagua man

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