Thousands of years that tribal peoples spent in close communion with nature, taught them to wonder exactly read her the slightest signs: feel climate change, well oriented in the forest and the sea, to predict the displacement of ice blocks, find food and water.
I – some of these places – says Davi Yanomami. I was born in the forest and know it well.
“Sea Gypsies” of the Moken people that live on the shore of the Andaman Sea, developed an amazing ability to see well under water, therefore they can find food on the seabed. These people sharper vision than the Europeans about 50 percent.
Moken people’s history is passed down orally from one generation to another. These tales are full of knowledge of the sea, wind and lunar cycles.
In one legend, for example, speaks sinister la bun – “wave that eats people.” Before coming la bun, sea starts to back away in fear.
When before the devastating 2004 tsunami water receded, the elders of the village Moken in Thailand recognize evil omen and increase their tribesmen along with tourists from a nearby hill to the nearest.
In the tropical forests of Borneo tribe lives foam. These people hunted wild boars using brass tubes of solid wood, from which they blow darts soaked in poisonous sap of a local tree.
Until the 1960s, the people of Pena led a nomadic life, talking in the woods during the path complex system of signals, which were symbols of sticks and leaves, called weapons. Using weapons could be reported, for example, that the last person here is sick or hungry.
In the 1970s on land that the people of foam served many generations have come white people – cut down the forest, planted oil palm plantations, and had a pipeline built hydroelectric dams.
Many people living in tribes possess an encyclopedic knowledge of animals, various fruits and herbs. Yan, and for example, use in everyday life of approximately 500 species of plants. And representatives of the people of West Papua Yali distinguish at least 49 varieties of sweet potatoes and 13 varieties of bananas.
Over time, the tribe has developed a complex and integrated system of healing. Kopayi bark, for example, is used to treat eye infections, wine juice of acacia Gregg used for diarrhea, and inhale the fragrance of crushed leaves for colds and nausea.
Many drugs of modern medicine were developed through observation and experience of these people, and saved millions of lives. For example, the poison curare, which Yanomami hunters used to paralyze their prey, used in Western medicine as a muscle relaxant.
Most people living tribes surprisingly light perceive the behavior of animals. Pygmies as accurately mimic the sounds of antelope in distress that can easily lure the animal out of the shelter. A Siberian hunters are able to perfectly imitate the cry of the northern fawn.
Reindeer meat – the most important part of the diet of the Nenets. It is eaten raw, boiled or ice cream, along with the blood of the slaughtered animal just having a lot of vitamins. Milk fat deer is 22 percent – six times more than cow.
Hadza people have particularly close relationship with birds medoukazchikami that lead them to the hives of wild bees. People whistling birds meet them, flying from tree to tree closer to honey. So, calling, they come to the hive, which usually hangs from the branches of a baobab.