Using technology to keep indigenous peoples of Peru on the world map

October 10, 2011

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Indigenous girl of Amuesha ethnicity in the Peruvian Amazon.

Many anthropologists say we're in the middle of a massive wave of cultural extinction as hundreds of tiny indigenous groups lose their languages and customs. For many of those groups, the first step toward cultural oblivion is the loss of their ancestral territories to loggers, prospectors, oil drillers and settlers. But some are fighting back. Reporter Jon Miller traveled to the highland jungle of Peru for Homelands Productions to meet anthropologists using high-tech tools to keep the Amuesha culture from vanishing off the world map. 

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