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South America The Forgotten People of the Amazon By Sean Lunday We arrive at the first small fishing village just as the sun sets behind the dense jungle along the banks of the Itaquaí River. We are soon met by villagers who bring us our first patient. A woman holding her crudely bandaged arm asks for medicine to ease the pain from a severe knife wound leveled upon her by her machete wielding husband. A domestic dispute that potentially could have resulted in a fatality has become an opportunity to share the life giving message of Christ. After attending to the pressing physical need, we have an entire village ready and receptive to hear God's Word. Days later we are excited to learn of another village deeper within the bush. After confirming the reports, we begin to mobilize our mission team in their direction. Soon we find ourselves walking through the virgin jungle of Brazil's westernmost Amazon Basin. Woolly monkeys chatter somewhere in the distance, their banter punctuated by the occasional zing of a machete and the shrill  cries of screaming piha birds high in the canopy overhead. Our column of fourteen men proceeds in silence, strung out single file far back into the forest. Our group is soon swallowed from view by a spray of overhanging branches and vines as thick as anacondas dangling a hundred feet from the treetops to the forest floor. Just ahead of me, our guide strides double-time across a stretch of level ground, a welcome break from the steep riverbanks we've been scrambling over for days. As we enter a clearing we see smoke spiraling from fires in the distance. This indicates a village ahead. Soon our efforts pay off as we see the tops of the thatched roofed houses and villagers working in their gardens. “You're probably the only outsiders who have ever walked here,” the guide tells me. After days of river travel and bushwhacking, the guide has led us into the doorway of one of the most remote and uncharted places left on the planet, near the headwaters of two adjacent rivers, the Itaquaí and the Javarí. This is the Vale do Javari Indigenous Area, the land of the mysterious Korubos or Club People. They are a rarely glimpsed Indian tribe known principally as feared warriors disposed to unleashing a blow from their long bamboo clubs in order to defend their territory against intruders. Then they melt away into the forest. In one of the fishing villages, they tell us stories of the rare experiences they have had with the Korubos. On one occasion it resulted in the death of two family members. The Korubos are among 17 so-called uncontacted tribes living in the far recesses of the Brazilian Amazon. In this part Number 2, 2012 BIMI WORLD 13