La Palmas Home Visit
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The villagers have a varied
lifestyle; they are largely isolated and self sufficient but enjoy some of
the conveniences of the outside world. For example they hunt, fish,
gather and plant as their ancestors did, but they dress in manufactured
clothes, use gasoline engines to propel there dugouts, and in one case we
found a that a shotgun was used to hunt small animals. They speak
Spanish, barter and use the Peruvian Sole as currency. They have
large families, ten or more children is not unusual.
There houses are either built on peers to sit above the high water mark or built on a raft that can float as the river rises. The structures consist of local wood, lashed together with vines (no nails) and thatched roofs.