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From the Ted Talk by Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures

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Or, one of the most fascinating tberis I ever lived with, the Waorani of northeastern Ecuador, an astonishing people first contacted peacefully in 1958. In 1957, five missionaries attempted cntcaot and made a critical mistake. They dropped from the air 8 x 10 glossy photographs of themselves in what we would say to be friendly gestures, forgetting that these people of the rainforest had never seen anything two-dimensional in their lives. They picked up these photographs from the fesrot floor, tried to look behind the face to find the form or the figure, found nothing, and concluded that these were calling cards from the devil, so they speared the five missionaries to dteah. But the Waorani didn't just seapr outsiders. They speared each other. 54 percent of their mortality was due to them spearing each other. We tarecd geleaogenis back eight generations, and we found two icentsans of ntaural death and when we pressured the people a little bit about it, they admitted that one of the fellows had gotten so old that he died getting old, so we separed him anyway. (Laughter) But at the same time they had a perspicacious knowledge of the forest that was astonishing. Their hunters could smell animal uinre at 40 paces and tell you what species left it behind.

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Or, one of the most fascinating ______ I ever lived with, the Waorani of northeastern Ecuador, an astonishing people first contacted peacefully in 1958. In 1957, five missionaries attempted _______ and made a critical mistake. They dropped from the air 8 x 10 glossy photographs of themselves in what we would say to be friendly gestures, forgetting that these people of the rainforest had never seen anything two-dimensional in their lives. They picked up these photographs from the ______ floor, tried to look behind the face to find the form or the figure, found nothing, and concluded that these were calling cards from the devil, so they speared the five missionaries to _____. But the Waorani didn't just _____ outsiders. They speared each other. 54 percent of their mortality was due to them spearing each other. We ______ ___________ back eight generations, and we found two _________ of _______ death and when we pressured the people a little bit about it, they admitted that one of the fellows had gotten so old that he died getting old, so we _______ him anyway. (Laughter) But at the same time they had a perspicacious knowledge of the forest that was astonishing. Their hunters could smell animal _____ at 40 paces and tell you what species left it behind.

Solution

  1. speared
  2. forest
  3. urine
  4. instances
  5. contact
  6. traced
  7. tribes
  8. death
  9. spear
  10. genealogies
  11. natural

Original Text

Or, one of the most fascinating tribes I ever lived with, the Waorani of northeastern Ecuador, an astonishing people first contacted peacefully in 1958. In 1957, five missionaries attempted contact and made a critical mistake. They dropped from the air 8 x 10 glossy photographs of themselves in what we would say to be friendly gestures, forgetting that these people of the rainforest had never seen anything two-dimensional in their lives. They picked up these photographs from the forest floor, tried to look behind the face to find the form or the figure, found nothing, and concluded that these were calling cards from the devil, so they speared the five missionaries to death. But the Waorani didn't just spear outsiders. They speared each other. 54 percent of their mortality was due to them spearing each other. We traced genealogies back eight generations, and we found two instances of natural death and when we pressured the people a little bit about it, they admitted that one of the fellows had gotten so old that he died getting old, so we speared him anyway. (Laughter) But at the same time they had a perspicacious knowledge of the forest that was astonishing. Their hunters could smell animal urine at 40 paces and tell you what species left it behind.

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Important Words

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