They hunt with bows and arrows and gather fruit, nuts, and honey in the forest.
Each day we hunt for food. We hunt for turtles and fish in the river catching them with arrows. We cook the food over a fire while it is fresh. I usually have fish for my lunch.
Everything the Awá need comes from the jungle. Their shelters, called Tapãí, are made from tree branches and palm leaves. The trees’ fibres are used to create hammocks, and they collect honey by using loops of vine to climb to the tops of the tallest trees.
They keep wild pigs, squirrels, parakeets, and large rodents known as agoutis but their favourite pets are monkeys, according to charity. The primates are an important source of food to the Awa but once a baby has been brought into the family and breast fed, they will never eat it.
Amazonian cuisine includes many freshwater fish such as peixe nobre (noble fish), the pirarucu (the world’s largest freshwater fish), and tambaqui. Smaller fishes such as surubim, curimatã, jaraqui, acari and tucunaré are also eaten, often grilled or sometimes fried.
Indeed, they only live in a village because game is now so scarce. During the first day we had spent with them, the Awa had worn ragged T-shirts and shorts or skirts. But walking into the village it became abundantly clear that when it comes to hunting, some traditions remain strong.
The Awá are an indigenous people of Brazil living in the Amazon rain forest. There are approximately 350 members, and 100 of them have no contact with the outside world.
At night, the Awa travel with torches made from tree resin, carrying the embers of a fire as they move from one hunting ground to another. And when the moon is full, the men – hair speckled white with king vulture down – in a chant-induced trance – commune with forest spirits, during a sacred ritual lasting till dawn.
The Awá make hammocks from ‘tucum’ palm fibres – the contacted Awá also use cotton – and headdresses from toucan feathers. They are able to build a house from lianas, leaves and tree saplings in a few hours.
Amazon’s Awa tribe under threat from illegal logging. Justin Rowlatt joins the Brazilian environment agency in a raid on an illegal sawmill in the north-east of the country, where loggers and ranchers have converged on Amazonian forest reserves putting the indigenous hunter-gatherer Awa tribe under threat of extinction
Pato No Tucupi Perhaps the most famous dish of the Brazilian Amazon is the distinctive pato no tucupi (duck served in exotic-tasting tucupi sauce), a traditional local favorite especially popular during holiday periods.
The Local Cuisine of Manaus, Brazil
Last but not least, the DECOMPOSERS and DETRITIVORES eat and so recycle dead animals and plants (mushrooms, fungi, insects, bacteria). Nothing is wasted. Now study the Amazon Rainforest Food Web Illustration below (online or by printing out the high resolution pdf).
Theseus myth In revenge, the Amazons invaded Greece, plundered some cities along the coast of Attica, and besieged and occupied Athens. Hippolyte, who fought on the side of Athens and according to another account with the Amazons was killed during the final battle along with all of the Amazons.