José Mayer Cunay, 78, looks for plantains ready to be picked near his chaco, a half-acre agricultural plot that the Tsimane elder and his son Felipe Mayer Lero created in the Bolivian Amazon using slash-and-burn techniques. Four generations of the family eat the fruit, corn, and other crops grown here, but the foods they prize most must be pursued: fish, fowl, and game. When hunters bag an animal such as an armadillo, they use it all, including the paws.

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José Mayer Cunay, 78, looks for plantains ready to be picked near his chaco, a half-acre agricultural plot that the Tsimane elder and his son Felipe Mayer Lero created in the Bolivian Amazon using slash-and-burn techniques. Four generations of the family eat the fruit, corn, and other crops grown here, but the foods they prize most must be pursued: fish, fowl, and game. When hunters bag an animal such as an armadillo, they use it all, including the paws.


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