Amazon Indigenous are leaving rainforest for cities, and finding urban poverty

 By Fabiano Maisonnave THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil (AP)- In 1976, Binan Tuku ventured to meet a Brazilian government’s expedition on the banks of the Itui River in a remote area of the western Amazon rainforest. After some initial suspicion, he and his father accepted machetes and soap in what was the beginning of the Matis tribe’s contact with the non-Indigenous world. Nearly 50 years after that meeting, documented in research by anthropologist Barbara Arisi, Tuku’s own son Tumi is trying to carve out a living in the impoverished city of Atalaia do Norte. Instead of the traditional blowgun, Tumi held a pastry bag in his hands while working in a bakery, and his face bore none of the tattoos or piercings characteristic of the Matis. “In the…

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