The years between 800 AD and the early 1400’s, when the Inca empire began to emerge, has been named the time of warfare with each community defending itself from all others. This led to a division of society into two classes and the warriors maintained power over the farmers or peasants. As the centuries unfolded, many tribes began to chafe under the constant turmoil and the farmers began to drift away in search of a more peaceful environment
Then nearly 400 years ago, the Spaniards arrived and undertook the conversion of the tribes to Christianity. The people living in the PILON LAJAS INDIGENOUS RESERVE have been Christians for nearly 400 years so it would seem they left the high country soon after the Spanish Conquest. Under the shade of the dense canopy, their lifestyles underwent change. The Moseten adopted a more hunter-gatherer lifestyle than before and, although they still maintained a communal life with plantings of food crops, they spent more of their time following the migrations of the animals.
Although no one living today can remember the times when the tribes lived in the high mountains, the story tellers have kept the history of these children of the rain forest alive by recounting stories of the past. Even the old grandmother pictured above is a child of the rain forest.
The rivers have become polluted from mining activities upstream from the Reserve as well as by the raw sewage spilled into the rushing waters by the cities outside the boundaries of the Reserve. The animals are less plentiful, many trees have been harvested and the industrial world is anxious to exploit the mineral deposits believed to be buried beneath the remaining forest lands. These, the CHILDREN OF THE RAIN FOREST, cry out for our help in order to continue to survive in this their native habitat. They ask us to help develop safe water sources and to provide educational opportunities for their children.
Please help us help the indigenous tribes to save their ancient cultures yet live in this century.