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Uncontacted Amazonian Indians
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Peruvian Amazonian Indians were lured by missionaries who dropped machetes from an airplane, later coming by boat and dropping clothing. At first, the indigenous people burned the clothing and accepted the machetes. After they began to use clothes, said Antonio Iviche, former president of the Native Federation of the Madre de Dios Region, "The clothing was the cause of diseases, due to the soaps and other things."

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Photograph courtesy Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
 
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