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The recent rediscovery of a giant rock bearing the likeness of a face has provided a cultural weapon for Peru's Harakmbut Indians as they struggle to protect their Amazonian homeland from deforestation, illegal mining and oil companies.
Harakmbut elders had long spoken of a remote spot on their 400,000-hectare (990,000-acre) Amarakaeri reservation where the face of an Indian is carved on a huge rock.
Until now, however, the only documentary evidence of the effigy has been a few photos taken in the mid-1930s. But last week, an expedition led by Harakmbut leaders Luis Tayori and Jaime Corisepa found the Harakmbut Face.
"According to Harakmbut elders," he said, "there are two other monolithic faces in the jungle connected by ancestral roads leading to Cuzco," the capital of the Inca Empire.