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Family life is a fundamental aspect of the Awa culture, a value which Mr Pugliese said extends to their pets, including pigs, parakeets, squirrels, agouti and monkeys.
According to Mr Pugliese, pets are considered family in the same way children are. He said the pets gather food, crack nuts, and protect the tribe at night.
Mr Pugliese said women in the tribe even breastfeed some of the animals. “They feed the squirrels and monkeys like they feed their kids, breastfeeding,” he said.
“It highlights how far we have come from where we were. They are so close to nature. In fact, it is not even close - they are part of nature
Mr Pugliese said he was worried about exposing the tribe to the modern day world - but they embraced at least one contemporary item.
“They love to have t-shirts,” he said.
“I don't know where they think the t-shirts come from - they can't imagine a factory.
“Maybe they think it is coming from the trees. After all, every day, they get their shopping from the jungles.”
originally posted by: InTheLight
With only 450 members I understand genetic inbreeding may be prevalent, which can be detrimental.
The negative health effects caused by inbreeding are due to the expression of rare, recessive deleterious genesthat are inherited from common ancestors or a single shared ancestor. Studies on population in which inbreeding is common have shown increased levels of mortality and morbidity due to a variety of genetic defects. However, inbreeding can also result in the production of perfectly healthy offspring (Bittles 1991).