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Monkey meat, I love you, but give me Park Avenue

May 11, 2006 02:47 PM

Every once in awhile the New York Times writes something that demonstrates why they not a completely terrible paper--such as this fascinating article about the Nukak-Makú in Columbia.  They are a group of stone age tribesmen tribespeople who just recently walked out of the jungle and said "we've had enough."  They used to hunt with blowguns and scour the forest floor for berries.  And now they have pots.  And pans.  And skillets.  And an entitlement mentality!

Okay, in this case, I can forgive the entitlement mentality.  But it is a fascinating article.  Check this out:

"The Nukak have no concept of money, of property, of the role of government, or even of the existence of a country called Colombia. They ask whether the planes that fly overhead are moving on some sort of invisible road."

An invisible road!  And it's one that was created 100 years before the internet super highway!

They haven't given up on the monkey meat, though, despite their newfound ways.

I don't think I can improve on Ann Althouse, who says, "You can't get over that taste for monkeys."


photo credit: Luca Zanetti for The New York Times.


Mmmmm.  Monkey.