The myth of the stolen eyeballs - Nathan D. Horowitz
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The Siekopai today number about 400 in Ecuador and 750 in Peru, having lost about 95% of their population in the early 20th century to imported diseases. As the world transforms around them, they remain strongly connected to their traditions. Like other stories in the TED Ed Mythology series, this one contains supernatural beings and events, not the kind of thing that normally happens to us. What value do people find in these stories, so that they have continued to tell them, from deep in the past to the present day? As Mr. Brunner says to Percy Jackson about mythology in The Lightning Thief, "Why does this matter in real life?"
Here’s an article about the last Siekopai shaman-chief, Fernando Payaguaje, in which he talks about his life and the changes happening to his people or Check out the autobiography of Fernando Payaguaje.
Want to learn more about the modern day Siekopai society? Check out this website to learn more about their return to ancestral territory on the border with Peru.
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