New York Times (reg): It's hard to imagine being one of these people: In Colombia, a group of Nukak-Makú have wandered up to San José del Guaviare and said they want to join civilisation. Previously they "lived a Stone Age life, roaming across hundreds of miles of isolated and pristine Amazon jungle, killing monkeys with blowguns and scouring the forest floor for berries."
There are a whole lot of issues raised in the story, like the identity of the "Green-Nukak" who drove this tribe out of the jungle and their way of life, and how to integrate them into society instead of having them become dependent on aid. Unlike the last group driven out by the civil war (now lolling on a reserve waiting for their daily food aid) these guys have a plan -- farming. "They do not ask for much — land to plant, preferably close to a town but also on the edge of a forest. They do not want armed men around, nor coca, they say..."They will look to see if there are nuts, monkeys, water," said Ms. Rodríguez, the town official handling the latest request. "If they find it, then, yes, that's the spot."
The big issue here is how these people learn to interact with modern society, there's probably a lot to learn about human interaction (and society) from that process.