The Entire World As Envisioned by A Person Living on the Amazon River
Copyright © Gary S. Smolker 2014
This is a painting made by a father who lives with his tribe of indigenous people on the banks of the Amazon for a MD who saved his child’s life.
The painting is on a thin slice of the bark of a tree.
The bark was pounded flat and then the dye was applied.
The picture shows the father with his bow and arrow.
The father is in the left hand bottom corner of the picture.
The horizontal lines represent the banks of the Amazon River.
The tepees are where the members of this man’s tribe live.
In between the horizontal lines are pictures of all the living things in the Amazon that this man and his tribe eat.
The father made this picture out of gratitude for the MD saving his child’s life.
This man and all the members of his tribe do not travel more than 150 yards from the banks of the Amazon.
They do not enter the forest because they know danger lurks there.
This picture represents this father’s conception of the entirety of the world.
He has never seen anything else.
He doesn’t know what a telephone is.
He doesn’t know what a television set is.
He doesn’t know what a radio is.
He doesn’t know what a computer is.
He doesn’t know what a smart phone is.
He is not familiar with any electronic device.
The MD was there to save lives in a rural village that history has passed by.
Gary S. Smolker
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