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November 03, 2013

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Dean Jacobs

To my 5th grade friends at Highland Elementary!

Thank you for the post on my blog and for all the great questions. I can tell Ms Tharp has done a great job of sharing my materials with you. Also, thank you for your generous support for the schools supplies, it’s a big help and the Achuar students were really happy to receive them.

I’m glad you enjoyed the drawing from the Achuar, they had fun making it. I believe they wrote Spanish and Achuar words on it, but I’m not completely sure.

Let’s get to your questions!
We are wondering if they get wet when it rains?
The roof on the houses are well made, so they can keep dry when it rains. Generally the winds are not so strong when it rains, so the rain falls straight down.

Also, how many houses are usually in a village? Is there one house for each family?

Villages range in size from small, which can have 10 houses like Tiinkias and a large community might have 300 people and 50 houses. There is generally one house per family.

And how many people are usually in one family? Btw, we saw that you slept in a tent when you were with them. Did you ever sleep in one of the houses? If so, what was it like?

Generally a family size is 6 kids.
I sleep in a tent because it keeps the bugs away at night. Even when I slept in one of their houses, I slept inside my tent without the rain fly so the air could pass through my tent without bugs. Sleeping in the jungle is always great!

What kinds of fish live near the Achuar? What do they eat besides fish? Is there a type of candy there? What did you eat when you were there? How do they cook their food? Do the kids help cook? Do they have kitchen utensils?

There are lots of different kinds of catfish and piranhas. I ate palm hearts, rice, and even ate stingray this time. They also have a energy drink called chicha, made from the root of a plant and water. They have no candy, sometimes they grow their own sugarcane to chew. The cook over an open fire, generally made from three trees called cecropia, which burns slowly and is found everywhere. Yes, the girls always help the mothers cook. They have some utensils, spoons and bowls made from wood or clay.

How do you communicate with the Achuar? We know they have their own tribal language. What other languages do they speak ?


I communicate with the Achuar through a translator. They also speak Spanish.


Do they have their own myths and legends that they tell?

Yes, they have their own myths and legends they like to tell, many actually.
For example, there is a vine in the forest called the monkey ladder vine. They used to believe this vine was the connection from earth to heaven. They talk about the story how that happened. The moon was a person called Nanto, and Nanto was married to an Achuar woman called Auju. Nanto decided to leave and climb up the vine. He climbed the vine all the way up to heaven and became the moon. Nanto told a squirrel who lived in the forest to cut the vine, so no one could follow him. Nanto became the moon, and Auju became a bird who only sings on full moon nights calling for her husband.
We are wondering why you chose to do this for them?

I did it for the Achuar, because I could do something. I have a good relationship with many good schools in the US, who have good hearts and want to help. I help link the good hearts of US school kids to the good hearts of school kids who live in the Amazon rain forest. So it becomes a win/win, US school kids get to learn about the Amazon rain forest through the Achuar and the Achuar kids get some educational material support.

Were they scared of you at first? How does it feel to do something so wonderful for people when in need? How many tribes have you met and taken school supplies to? How many school supplies did you take to them? How long did it take you to fly to their village from the city of Quito?

At first they were a little scared of me, and shy. But as I continue to return, and create more relationships and build a reputation, they have become my friends.
It always feels good to do something nice for the world. It’s a good way to live life. I have met five villages that I have taken school supplies to. The Achuar have 72 villages, so there is still much work to do.
I don’t fly from Quito. I take a bus from Quito to a city called Puyo, and fly from there. The bus ride is to Puyo is 4 hours. The plane depends on which village you fly to, generally the flight is about 45-60 minutes.

The plane ride from Nebraska to Ecuador takes about 12 hours.

How do the Achuar people affect or influence you in your life?

The Achuar are always teaching me things about the rain forest and how important it is for the world. They also teach me how to enjoy without lots of stuff.

How many countries have you visited? Where will you travel to next?


To date I have explored 53 countries. My next travel starts Dec. 15th, I will be doing some lectures on the EV Explorer, a floating university, as it goes through the Caribbean for 3 weeks. The ship will stop in 7 countries.

What is the most exotic food you’ve ever eaten? What is the most exotic animal you’ve ever seen and has an animal ever hurt you? Finally, who is the oldest person you’ve ever met?

The most exotic animal I’ve ever seen is a Highland Elementary student!
LOL, just kidding.
There are so many cool animals in the world that it is hard to choose just one. The duck billed platypus in Australia for sure would rank near the top.

I’ve never been hurt by any animal.

The oldest person I ever remember meeting was 99 years old, my grandmother.

Thank you for the post on my blog and for all the great questions. I hope you were able to learn some cool information about the Amazon rain forest and the people who live there.

Do you want to go explore the Amazon rain forest one day? It’s a good dream to have.

Cheers,
Dean

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Dear Mr. Jacobs,

The 5th graders from Highland Elementary are following your latest journey into the rainforest. We began learning about the Achuar tribe and the Amazon rainforest last year when you visited our school. We also donated money from our candy gram sales so the Achuar children for their school supplies. Receiving a poster made by one of the Achuar students was very exciting. Do you know what language is written on the poster? The items in the picture showed scenes from their world in the rainforest, which helped us learn more about them. Please thank them for us!

We have some thoughts and questions to share about your experiences in the rainforest of Ecuador. We’ll start with the lifestyle of the Achuar people. We noticed that their houses do not have walls. We are wondering if they get wet when it rains. Also, how many houses are usually in a village? Is there one house for each family? And how many people are usually in one family? Btw, we saw that you slept in a tent when you were with them. Did you ever sleep in one of the houses? If so, what was it like?

The Achuar live near a river and the poster shows a river with fish in it. What kinds of fish live near the Achuar? What do they eat besides fish? Is there a type of candy there? What did you eat when you were there? How do they cook their food? Do the kids help cook? Do they have kitchen utensils?

Speaking with people whose language is different from yours sounds tricky. How do you communicate with the Achuar? We know they have their own tribal language. What other languages do they speak ? Do they have their own myths and legends that they tell?

We were happy to hear that you bought school supplies for the Achuar. That is so generous! Even a Girl Scout wouldn’t or couldn’t buy it. We are wondering why you chose to do this for them. The Achuar are very blessed to have you for a friend. Were they scared of you at first? How does it feel to do something so wonderful for people when in need? How many tribes have you met and taken school supplies to? How many school supplies did you take to them? How long did it take you to fly to their village from the city of Quito? How long did it take to fly from the United Stated to Ecuador?

We are also curious about why people are cutting down trees in the rainforest, especially when the soil is only 6 inches deep. Is it for the oil?

Thank you for teaching us about different cultures, about the tribes of the rainforest, and helping us get involved. Your are a great author and a great friend to nature. We love what you are doing in the Amazon rainforest with the Achuar people. It inspires us. We learned they are very loving people and don’t need T.V. or video games to be happy. How do the Achuar people affect or influence you in your life?

The 5th grade classes at Highland Elementary would be happy to support them even more!

Before we wrap this up, we have a few questions about your life as a world traveler. How many countries have you visited? Where will you travel to next? What is the most exotic food you’ve ever eaten? What is the most exotic animal you’ve ever seen and has an animal ever hurt you? Finally, who is the oldest person you’ve ever met?

As you can see, we are very curious about your lifestyle and the experiences you’ve had. Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions and connect us to other cultures of the world.

The best,

Highland Elementary 5th Graders

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