As requested, IAmA guy who has traveled deep into the rainforest and lived with the indigenous Huni Kuin people of the Amazon. Oh, and I'm 17 years old. ask me ANYTHING!
I have traveled to the villages of the Huni Kuin people of Brasil twice. The first time i was 15, the second 16 and I'm 17 years old now traveling back in just under two months. I have also had Huni Kuin live in my home in scandinavia on three different occations.
I have actually been on reddit 8 months (discovering reddit while I was in Brazil, extremely ill and with low spirits. One of those I traveled with showed me reddit to cheer me up), but didnt really get the inspiration to do an ama before I saw the post about the Huni Kuin who had traveled to New York, Tuwẽ, a friend of mine and a person I respect and admire.
This has been through a project that I lead and organize with a few others. I had planned to link to a fundraiser for our project, but I feel that it should be an initiative from the Huni Kuin themselves and be better planned and more organized before it is an option. In short, we have cultural exchanges between youths from here and from the Huni Kuin people. That is at least how it started, but we now seek to help the Huni Kuin people with their current situation. As many indigenous people, they are being treated like second-class citizens, and their land is being destroyed from all directions. I hope that you keep this project in mind, as it will be possible for those who wish it to support us in the future.
Here is some proof. These are pictures of people I know I can show (me and my friend). If you feel this is not sufficient, tell me and I will deliver if possible.
The villages I have visited are two days up the river from the nearest settlement, which is 8+ hours away with car from the nearest city.
It would take a couple of novels for me to share with you all of my experiences, but ask away and I will answer truthfully to all your questions. I will be here a couple of hours and continue answering until ~sunday.
English is my third language, so I apologize for my potential errors.
edit: Thanks for all the question, guys, keep 'em coming! I'll be answering for another hour, then continue again in around 10 hours.
edit 2: I'm gonna get some sleep now, and get back to answering (if anyone are still here) around 3am pst, 10am gmt
edit 3: Going through your questions now, 11pm pst, 6 am gmt
edit 4: The post seems to be going down the list. Been great answering all your questions, guys! If you are ever wondering something else, ask away. This is my only reddit account, so I can't escape your questions.