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Daily life along the Capim River in Quiandera village: theevening meal is eaten from a dirt floor by candle light. Villagers live in poverty, and many sell off their forests forlittle cash.

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A man named Mangueira and his family settles in for the night in their hammocks in the Brazilian Amazon near the Capim River. Unlike many locals nearby, Mangueira has refused to allow logging on his property. His woods still provide him with an abundance of forest fruits, wild game and medicinal plants.

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Daily life along the Capim River in Quiandera village: theevening meal is eaten from a dirt floor by candle light. Villagers live in poverty, and many sell off their forests forlittle cash.

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Daily life along the Capim River in Quiandeua village. Locals wait for a ride down the Capim at sunset on a river boat.

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Daily life along the Capim River in the Brazilian Amazon: adog begs for scraps as a child eats lunch in a hammock.

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Daily life along the Capim River in Quiandera village: after-dinner recreation. Villagers live in poverty, and many sell off their forests for little cash.

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Villagers using a booklet coauthored by Patricia Shanley illustrating

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A medicinal plant from the rain forest is used to heal an infected foot at a forest workshop in Quiandeua, a small village in the Brazilian Amazon.

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Gloria, a native Amazonian, leads a workshop on fruits and medicinal plants of the rainforest. She is part of a Brazilian group known as “Women of the Forest”, founded by Americanethnobotanist Patricia Shanley. Their goal is to share withvillagers the many virtues and values of tropical rainforests, from medicinal plants to forest fruits and game.

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Gloria, a native Amazonian, leads a workshop on fruits and medicinal plants of the rainforest. She is part of a Brazilian group known as “Women of the Forest”, founded by Americanethnobotanist Patricia Shanley. Their goal is to share withvillagers the many virtues and values of tropical rainforests, from medicinal plants to forest fruits and game.

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A medicinal plant from the rain forest is used to heal an infected foot at a workshop in Quiandeua, a small village in the Brazilian Amazon.

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Villagers using a booklet coauthored by Patricia Shanley illustrating

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Villagers using a booklet coauthored by Patricia Shanley illustrating

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A man who once traded trees for alcohol participates in a forest fruits workshop in Quiandeua, a small village in the Brazilian Amazon. By using easy to read charts, pictures and booklets, villagers share research data they helped to gather, demonstrating the many values of intact rainforets.

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A man who once traded trees for alcohol participates in a forest fruits workshop in Quiandeua, a small village in the Brazilian Amazon. By using easy to read charts, pictures and booklets, villagers share research data they helped to gather, demonstrating the many values of intact rainforets.

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A forest fruits workshop led by Patricia Shanley in Quiandeua, a small village on the Brazilian Amazon. By using easy to read charts, pictures and booklets, Shanley and her group,”Women of the forest” are helping villagers rescue traditional knowledge about the local health and nutritional value of forests.

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A forest fruits workshop led by Patricia Shanley in Quiandeua, a small village on the Brazilian Amazon. By using easy to read charts, pictures and booklets, Shanley and her group,”Women of the Forest” are teaching villagers about the value of healthy, unlogged rainforests.

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A forest fruits workshop led by Patricia Shanley in Quiandeua, a small village on the Brazilian Amazon. By using easy to read charts, pictures and booklets, Shanley and her group,””Women of the forest” are helping villagers rescue traditional knowledge about the local health and nutritional value of forests.

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Patricia Shanley takes cover from a sudden rain storm whileout collecting forest fruits with villagers along the CapimRiver in the Brazilian Amazon.

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A forest fruits workshop led by Patricia Shanley in Quiandeua, a small village on the Brazilian Amazon. By using easy to read charts, pictures and booklets, Shanley and her group,”Women of the forest” are helping villagers rescue traditional knowledge about the local health and nutritional value of forests.

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Patricia Shanley talks to landowner Mangueira about the value of forest fruits and medicinal plants in the Brazilian Amazon. For the past 12 years, Shanley has asked Mangueira to keep track of the benefits he’s derived from his forest, from fruits to medicines. While others sell their forests to the logging companies, Mangueira leaves his unlogged.

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A villager displays the first profits from a medicinal plants workshop led by Patricia Shanley in the village of Quiandeua in the Brazilian Amazon. By teaching forest residents how to make medicines from rain forest plants, Shanley hopes locals will see the value in conserving useful medicinal treespecies.

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Medicines made from tropical forest trees play an importantrole in rural

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Medicines made from rain forest plants provide much needed income for the residents of Quiandeua, a village in the Brazilian Amazon. A medicinal plant workshop led by American Patricia Shanley and her group, “Women of the Forest” rescued rapidly disappearing traditional knowledge, helping villagerssee the value of conserving locally valuable species.

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Medicines made from rain forest plants provide much needed income for the residents of Quiandeua, a village in the Brazilian Amazon. A medicinal plant workshop led by American Patricia Shanley and her group, “Women of the Forest” rescued rapidly disappearing traditional knowledge, helping villagerssee the value of conserving locally valuable species.

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Medicines made from rain forest plants provide much needed income for the residents of Quiandeua, a village in the Brazilian Amazon. A medicinal plant workshop led by American Patricia Shanley and her group, “Women of the Forest” helps villagers derive not only good health but income by conserving valuable forest medicinals and fruits.

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Patricia Shanley (holding book) leads a medicinal plant workshop at the village of Quiandeua along the Capim River in the Brazilian Amazon. Shanley exchanges information with villages about the uses and conservation of medicinal plants fruits and game.

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Fruits are cleaned to make soap at a forest fruits workshopin a village on the Brazilian Amazon led by Patricia Shanley.

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A medicinal plant workshop at the village of Quiandeua along the Capim river in the Brazilian Amazon. Instructors hope to teach villagers the values of the medicinal plants, fruits and game in a healthy, intact forest.

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Patricia Shanley (holding book) leads a medicinal plant workshop at the village of Quiandeua along the Capim River in the Brazilian Amazon. Shanley exchanges information with villages about the uses and conservation of medicinal plants fruits and game.

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Fruit and vegetable vendors sleep with their goods the night before the weekend market opens in Paragominas, Brazil. Forest villagers sell forest fruits and medicinal plants here.

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