Today’s Hunter Gatherers of Latin America and Africa: part 1

For thousands of years to the present day we can still witness the struggle of those whose indigenous ancestors passed to them the spirit of determination to preserve their landscape and not leave a carbon footprint, nor any kind of Earth long term harm, during their lifetime.

But they were besieged when the Old World tribes came across them. Since early explorers, missionaries first located them in their purity, the erosion of their rights began. The Old World tribal war machine had developed technologies which required funding, as wealth was required to feed the war machines. Wealth meant plundering the earth from that point on, and it meant those tribes who chose to protect the Earth, live harmoniously with it and revere it, were doomed to eternal battles with the Old World tribes.

The Old World tribes believed they were superior to those who they found living harmoniously in lands their explorers found and their nations of tribes robbed and contaminated.

We can now review the history of the Old World, and we don’t have much to be proud of, though we have written our history in mostly glowing terms. But the victors of war wrote that history and the treasures gained from war have mostly perished like the humans who thought they were gods in their lifetime.

There are some parts of the world which are currently still untouched by the contaminating finger of the Old World. There are no human markers on these areas – yet. 

The many tribes of Latin America are not all harnessed by the Old World destructive tendency. Some still prevail and I’m going to try and find out more about these magnificent descendants of Earth Protectors.

Here we look at the splendour of some of the locations in the north of Argentina. Beyond beautiful. 

Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1984, Iguazu Falls is often revered as the world’s most spectacular waterfall. Situated on the border of the Brazilian state, Parana, and the Argentine province of Misiones, Iguazu Falls spans 1.7 miles (2.7km) in width, and features 275 individual waterfalls, with heights ranging from 196-270ft (60-82m). The name ‘Iguazu’ is loosely translated from the indigenous Guarani language as “big water”’ (Wikipedia extract)

The fact that the ancient Guarani language has survived to still describe the falls is so appropriate.

‘The Guarani language is an indigenous language of South America that belongs to the Tupi–Guarani family of the Tupian languages……..It is spoken by communities in neighboring countries, including parts of northeastern Argentina, southeastern Bolivia and southwestern Brazil, and is a second official language of the Argentine province of Corrientes since 2004; it is also an official language of Mercosur. ……….Jesuit priest Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, who in 1639 published the first written grammar of Guarani in a book called Tesoro de la lengua guaraní (Treasure of the Guarani Language / The Guarani Language Thesaurus), described it as a language “so copious and elegant that it can compete with the most famous [of languages]”.(Wikipedia)

All over Argentina the indigenous folk are fighting overwhelming threats from industrial action – see

Image of Qom child


Horrible persecution of indigenous communities goes on – and the Old World mentality is influencing these events. Those of us who believe in the ‘oneness of humanity’ are horrified at the psychopathic attacks of human against human. Driven by insane greed by the current and transient elite who cling to power. The minds of those already pushed into poverty are twisted by nudge influencers to persuade them that if they want to survive they must destroy their fellow man.

We each have one life and wealth gained in monetary terms is ephemeral. We all know this Planet has a finite life and we humans are but a blip on its great historical surface. Humanity will die long before the Planet, but we are accelerating our own death through destruction of the very necessities we require to continue our existence.

And in Africa, the place of all human origin, we retrace our steps only to destroy our ancestral home and those who have stayed there to protect it.

Image of rainforest tribes in the Congo Basin. Learn more about Congo Basin tribes

A total number of about 900,000 Forest tribes were estimated living in the Central African Forests in 2016, about 60% of this number in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Due to their short stature, they have been labelled ‘pygmies’. They find themselves influenced by the farming activities which reach further into their ancestral homelands.

Our genetics are influenced by our habitat and lifestyle. This shows in our epigenome.

Research on the genomes of Pygmy hunter-gatherer populations and Bantu farmers in Central Africa, carried out by scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the CNRS in cooperation with French and international teams, has shown for the first time that our habitat and lifestyle can have an impact on our epigenome – the entire system that controls the expression of our genes without affecting their sequence. In this study, the scientists have shown that moving from a forest habitat to an urban environment has a profound impact on the epigenetic patterns of the immune response. Conversely, the different historical lifestyles of these populations – sedentary farming or nomadic hunting and gathering – are likely to affect more lasting functions, such as those associated with development, by modulating their genetic control via natural selection.” This study published in the journal Nature Communications on November 30, 2015.

The minds of Bantu farmers, desperate for some of the wealth and power we of the Old World display, are influenced to frighten, even kill and despatch those who dwell peacefully in the rainforest.

Mining is an important land use activity in the forested region of the Congo basin, employing millions of people in the informal sector, and in the past few decades surpassing timber as the largest economic activity. Gold, diamonds, cobalt, copper and oil are major resources that are mined from the region; ……….. mining may be small scale, artisanal, and unregulated. Recently, mining groups have targeted coltan and cassiterite, rare minerals used in electronics such as mobile phones. Or it may be overwhelmingly large ……..

Image of a mine in DR Congo

Loans from unscrupulous companies to corrupt officials make poverty guaranteed for the mass population.

The landmass of Latin America once combined with Africa to form one great landmass. So symbolic. The land was One. We humans emerged and we were One. Now we destroy the miraculous land masses and ourselves.

About borderslynn

Retired, living in the Scottish Borders after living most of my life in cities in England. I can now indulge my interest in all aspects of living close to nature in a wild landscape. I live on what was once the Iapetus Ocean which took millions of years to travel from the Southern Hemisphere to here in the Northern Hemisphere. That set me thinking and questioning and seeking answers. In 1998 I co-wrote Millennium Countdown (US)/ A Business Guide to the Year 2000 (UK) see
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