Monday, February 25, 2008

Growing Up Yanomamo

Mike Dawson, a friend from Venezuela, recently sent me a copy of his book, "Growing up Yanomamo". The book is his story of growing up in the jungle of Venezuela among the Yanomamo tribe where his parents ministered as missionaries. He was born in the village and is the fifth of ten children in the family. He was raised among them and he is now and adult but continues his ministry among the Yanomamo tribe.

This book is full of great stories and adventure, many from the view point of child and later as an adult. If you have young boys or teens in your family, I know they would love this book! His book shares the good times as well as the bad. He lost his first wife to malaria and he shares that experience. I never met his first wife, but I have seen her grave as she is buried in Coshaloateli in a small plot with a white picket fence. His present wife was once my neighbor.

I will share just a bit of one of his stories...

By then I was getting my own reputation as a storyteller. I remember telling them of man walking on the moon. We happened to be outside and there was a beautiful full moon. The tropical moon is huge and seems to hang above the jungle.

"Right now", I told a group of guys with me, "right now, some of my fathers people are up there walking around on the moon. They are up there. It took them three days of travel to get there. One guy is flying around the moon to be able to get them back home. The other two are up there,walking around, right now." I said.

Everyone looked up in awe! I listened as they all clicked their tongues in amazement at what a feat this was.

"Yes," I told them, "they are up there right now walking around on the face of the moon."

One old guy looked up, and then looked back at me. I could tell he was having a problem.

"What is it? Why are you looking at me like that?" I asked him.

"You have told some big stories before, " he said, "but this is the worst you have ever told! I can see, you can see, everyone can see that the moon is not big enough for two men to even stand on let alone walk around on!"

My explanation of distance fell on deaf ears. Finally I gave up.

'Growing up Yanomamo' is available for purchase HERE!

18 comments:

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Sounds like a great book. It would be fun and inspiring to read, I am sure. Have a very good week. connie from Texas

MightyMom said...

well, good thing that moon is small since it crashed into the sun!!

Pat said...

Amazing perception of those not acquatined with modern day science!!

I love it___

Bet the book is a great read---is it published here so we may purchase it??

groovyoldlady said...

Heh-heh-heh

The Hermit said...

I see the old guys point, now that I think about it.

I read an article on a web page lately about Venezuela, and they said it was a hell hole, crime, poverty, class warefare and the whole gamut of third world miseries. Aren't you glad to be out of there? Or do you still miss it?

Joe Gringo said...

Priceless...I love literal translations!

Jungle Mom said...

Hermit,
I mis the people very much. The politics and crime, I can do without !!!

WomanHonorThyself said...

awwwwww..stories are always so heart warming !

pilot-pooja said...

Very touching..Seems your friend has a great narrative vigor..

But should the book be distributed for free..Shouldnt the readers be paying him for his efforts?

Liz said...

Rita, just wondering about you guys today.. there is a big blackout in FLA as I write.

Keep us posted, si?

Glenn Bartley said...

You have to wonder thoug if the old guy was pullng his leg, because my bet is they understood how distance changes perception.

Jungle Mom said...

Liz, we have power here. I heard that power is starting to return already to most places.

Dawn said...

I love the story!

Gayle said...

I'm glad you didn't lose your electricity, Rita.

I think it would be very frustrating trying to explain to someone uneducated in science or technology the fact as to how big the moon, stars and sun are. It would be like going back in time and attempting to explain it. I'll bet the book is interesting.

Nicholas Z. Cardot said...

That is a cute story. I really like that.

momma said...

i got a copy of this book from mike's aunt and just finished it a few days ago. it's a great book!!

Anonymous said...

This is a great book! I was extremely impressed! May God bless you Mike and May your Jesus film continue to make converts of all who see or hear about it!
nick

Dani Joy said...

Great thanks for letting me know. I will get it as soon as I can make an order to the States.