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Handbook for Survival in the Rain Forest

How to act when encountering natives


The most fervent wish for any survivor in the Rain Forest is to find help from somebody in there. The most probable help will come from either the so called “montaraces” or local jungle experts or else with the native indigenous peoples that may inhabit the area. Any of theses groups of people will be able to steer you into the correct direction to find your way back to civilization. In most Rain Forest areas the local native indigenous peoples have had and maintain contact with the white man. But there are still many so called uncontacted or voluntarily isolated groups of indigenous peoples out there. But as mentioned above, most of them have contact with civilization, although they will often tend to keep many of their old customs and ways of life and many times it is necessary to gain their confidence and avoid any aggressive motions.

Should you have an encounter with native indigenous peoples, it is convenient to act in the following manner:

a) Walk towards them, showing a confident attitude, and if they were to approach first, wait for them until they reach you.

b) Gain their confidence by offering them some object that will attract their attention.

c) Be cordial and friendly, always saying hello to each and all of them whenever you meet up with them.

d) Ask for help. If you do not speak their language, or they do not understand yours, use your hands to gesture and convey your needs.

e) Always respect their laws and customs. Never enter one of their huts, unless the owner has invited you to do so.

f) Do not make any sudden or suspicious movements. Do not reprimand them if they play a joke on you. Do not bother their women.

g) Never pick up any of their weapons without their express authorisation and never assume a threatening attitude.

h) Never refuse any food they may offer and eat it with relish, showing your satisfaction even if you do not like the taste of it or you find it disgusting. Never refuse any beverage they may offer you since it would be considered a serious insult.




Introduction
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How to determine
your position
Auxiliary signals
for air rescue
How to prepare to
enter the Rain Forest
How to get around
in the Rain Forest
How to build a shelter in the Rain Forest
Search for water
and food
Dangers within the
Rain Forest
How to ford a water course
How to act during
a thunderstorm
How to act when encountering natives
Snake bites. Prevention
Insect bites
 
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