MyHeritage Tribal Quest team preserves Amazon tribe cultural memories

Newly returned MyHeritage Tribal Quest team documented Amazon tribe cultural memories of remote Achuar tribe.

By HEDDY BREUER ABRAMOWITZ
September 17, 2019 19:10
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MyHeritage Tribal Quest team preserves Amazon tribe cultural memories

A child in Ecuador . (photo credit: MYHERITAGE)

A team of Israelis has just returned from the Amazon after researching and documenting three remote Ecuadorian tribes. 


Who lives in these isolated areas? For thousands of years there have been tribal people living in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The MyHeritage Tribal Quest project sets out intending to safeguard the collective cultural memories of the Achuar people as part of its mission “to preserve the family histories of remote tribes.”
The indigenous tribe, roughly 18,500 in number, is spread out over their ancestral lands of some two million acres straddling the borders of Peru and Ecuador. Their extreme remoteness had kept them relatively untouched by outside influences up until the 1970s.
Non-indigenous influences include oil exploration, drilling, development, health risks from exposure to disease and pollution from oil spills.

An Israeli team in Ecuador documenting heritage / MYHERITAGE


“People living in remote locations with limited access to modern technology don’t have the tools to digitize their rich family histories, and they are often left unrecorded,” the Tribal Quest web page states. Seeking to expand the database of such stories, their teams will visit tribal communities around the world to ensure that future generations know exactly where they came from.


These world cultural puzzle pieces have never before been recorded before the MyHeritage team turned to chronicle their family trees and preserve their memories.


Thus far, delegations have visited Siberia, Namibia, Papua New Guinea and most recently the Yamal-Nenets region of northwest Siberia.



Tamara Zieve contributed to this report.


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