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Natives are restless

By Tony Hicks
Saturday, May 31st, 2008 at 11:06 am in Uncategorized.

Brazil’s government this week showed pictures one of its planes recently took of one of the last native tribes untouched by civilization.

I’m a bit skeptical, since the story says the pictures were meant to show that areas of the jungle need preserving. In other words, someone was motivated to have pictures of natives painted red and firing arrows at the plane, like a bad B-movie in which the non-comprehending savages try to kill the plane, which they undoubtedly believe is a giant rumbling bird. 

But, my cynicism aside, if the pictures depict a real native tribe … how AWESOME would it be if they actually shot down the plane? Oh sure, survivors would likely be cooked on a spit and the whole incident would have set civilization back a thousand years. Sometimes that doesn’t sound like such a bad thing.

Then again, that would mean no spell-check, no reality show about men fishing for king crab in the Bering Strait, and no microwave ovens to cook frozen pizzas. And that would truly be tragic.

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