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David Goode’s family portrait, pictured from the BBC.


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At the age of 26, David Good came to the Amazon jungle from the United States to find a mother who had been away for nearly 20 years. When she was 5 years old, her mother left him and returned to the jungle where she was sent to the faith and culture. She is the local indigenous Yanomami. After 20 years of mother and child reunion, different cultures and languages ​​did not allow this reunion to stay in a moment of happiness. David is trying to establish a bridge of communication between the Yanomami and modern civilization.


The 27-year-old David Good may be just an ordinary American in the eyes of ordinary people, but he is the Amazonian indigenous Yanomami and an American anthropologist Kenneth. The descendants of Kenneth Good. The reason why his father fell in love with a Yanomam named Yarima was known to the outside world very early. The family of Little Goode was surrounded by famous magazines such as National Geographic and People.


At the age of 5, Goode’s mother left him and returned to the Amazon’s jungle where she placed her faith and culture. Although the living conditions in the Amazon jungle are very difficult, malaria is rampant and lacks medical care, but in the Amazon jungle. She does not feel lonely and lonely. Young Goode is not sure what is special about his identity. As he grew older, he gradually realized that he was the Yanomami who lived in the "civilized world."


In July 2011, Goode embarked on a long and arduous journey with his mother and his sense of identity. He went to the Amazon jungle to find his mother who had been away for nearly 20 years. 40 years ago, his father also set foot on this land, stayed here for 12 years, and brought his mother to the civilized world.


- Love story 40 years ago -


In 1975, Old Goode was a graduate student of Napoleon Chagnon, an anthropologist at the University of Missouri in the United States. Shannon sent Old Goode to the Amazon jungle at the border between Venezuela and Brazil to study the local Yanomami. The food culture, Saignon wants to fill his data on the diet of the Yanomami people, thus supporting his view of the Yanomami people: the Yanomami people are keen on war, and the war between different tribes is due to reproduction. The benefits, not for food. A book he published in 1968 called "Yanomami: The Fierce People" made him a hot expert in the study of the Yanomami.


The work of Old Goode every day is to weigh the main food of the Yanomami people - the weight of the squirrel monkey and the dragonfly. Of course, his strange move was ridiculed by local indigenous people. In fact, Old Goode was not satisfied with his research work, so he proposed to Shannon that studying the culture of the Yanomami people is far more important than what they eat. In this way, it took only 15 months of research work, and he lasted for 12 years. For 12 years, he has been staying here for almost a study, only occasionally going out to buy supplies.


His follow-up work was funded by University of Florida professor Marvin Harris, who believed that Old Goode was more experienced in hunting and eating than the other anthropologists. Old Goode discovered that the Yanomami were not “ruthless and ruthless” as described by Shannon. Otherwise he will not stay here for 12 years.


The Yanomami children have a strong interest in Old Goode, and the picture is from the BBC.


In these 12 years, Old Goode has achieved academic results and found his own love. When Old Goode first came here, Yari Ma was only 7 years old. In an interview, Yari Ma recalls the first time she saw Old Goode. "Kenneth was the first time I saw a stranger from the civilized world. At that time we were desperately pulling the beard on his face. Curious why his skin is white, why the body is so tall (the average height of the Yanomami is only 145-150cm), then we helped him build the house. But one day, when we started to eat the soil on the Kenneth house At the time (the Yanomami had the habit of eating the earth), he was very angry and yelled at us. So we gave him a nickname for the 'devil's tongue, and the Yanomami also gave him a donation. No. - 'Nasty bee', because he always asked this question to the Yanomami. After that we didn't talk to him for a long time until he learned our language. One day he said to my mother, I am very beautiful."


Into the Heart: An Amazonian Love Story, a memoir written by Old Good in 1991, was very popular at the time, reprinted five times, translated into nine languages, and the book described him. Yarimar’s marriage and love issues. “One day in 1978, the head of the local tribe gave me a proposal saying that I lived here for so long and needed a wife to take care of it. At first I refused this proposal, and later I thought, marrying the locals, so that Helping my research and ensuring my safety, I promised, and the leader gave me his sister Yazhma."


Although Old Goode knew Yazhima very early, they didn't fall in love with each other because they had a huge gap in age and culture. At the time, Old Goode was 36 years old, and Yazhima had only 12 Years old, until one day he found himself falling in love with Yazhima. When Old Goode returned to here, he originally planned to stay only for a few months, but when he saw Yazhima, he left all the original plans, "So I found that I fell in love with her." . Yazhima also expressed the same meaning, she said: "No matter what day you are tired of me, disappear from here."


Later, their marriage became the focus of public opinion. Many people said that Yazhima was not yet a grown-up, and Old Goode married her. This is the wrong choice. Even his mentor, Shannon, has bluntly criticized that "he has a pedophile," but there are also scholars. The old Goode said that according to local customs, Yazhema can marry at this age, and the choice of Old Goode has something to do with the environment in which he was.


After Yarima married Old Goode, Old Goode continued to study here. Obviously, studying the Yanomami people here is not a good errand. Like the indigenous people here, Old Goode suffers from hunger and disease. Once he got malaria for 7 weeks, he was bedridden, when he thought he was dead. Fortunately, Old Goode later left here and healed his illness.


An old Goode went to the lower reaches of the river for several months. When he came back, he found that Yazhma and her family were gone. The place where he lived was also seriously damaged. The tape recorder, camera, notes and supplies were scattered. One place is obviously deliberately destroyed. Later, he realized that it was originally a local indigenous people who had hated him. At that time, the Aboriginal spread rumors that Old Goode was dead, and that Yazhima was tortured and tortured by this group of people. After a fierce quarrel with this group of men, Old Goode took Yagema to the outside world for treatment. This is the first time that Jazma has embarked on a civilized world.


In 1986, due to the inability to continue to apply for research fees, Old Goode ended this long jungle research life. He brought Yarimar back to the United States. Soon after the marriage was completed, their first child, David, was born. Then his sister Vanessa, brother Daniel was born.


Although she came to the United States and lived here for many years, Yazhima still loves her hometown. In an opportunity to return to the Amazon jungle, Jazma decided to stay there and not return to the civilized world. Because she feels that it is difficult to integrate into the new environment, "I don't know their language, lifestyle and food. They treat me like a pet, a clown."


- An insurmountable cultural divide -


When I first came to the United States, Jazma had a strong curiosity about everything here. Everything here is novel to her. When she first saw the car, she even thought it was a huge monster, so that she was in a hurry and hid in the bush. When she saw herself from the mirror, the mirror that she had never seen before made her feel scared until Old Good used the sheets to cover the mirror to drive away the shadows in her heart. On the street, she saw that the police would be nervous, because when she was living in the jungle, she had heard that people with guns around her waist were very dangerous. All in all, everything in the new world at the beginning was both fresh and scary for her.


But again, her adaptation to the new world is also very fast, she began to make some small decorations on the clothes, like shopping, travel, and even the car that just started to fear, she gradually accepted it.


However, apart from Old Goode, the life of Yazhma is almost in a closed cage. No one communicates with her because no one can understand her language. In the concept of Yazhima, men go out hunting and usually come back in a few hours, and the men here usually go out one day, she has nowhere to spend time at home, and sometimes go shopping in the mall. Old Goode knew her depression at home, so he found a recording of the recorded Yanomami and played it to her. She listened to the tape recorder all day, because the sounds were so familiar to her, there were her friends, family and even familiar birds.


In 1991, Old Good and David Chanoff wrote about his memoirs in the Amazon jungle, and at the time the book became a bestseller at the time, attracting a lot of attention. In 1992, National Geographic filmed their family as a documentary, but in preparation for returning to the United States, Yazhma decided to stay in the jungle. It all seems to be doomed when she leaves here: she will return one day. Because of the huge gap between her and the civilized world, time is indelible. Her three children also stayed in the civilized world. That year, Gude was only 5 years old and lost the warmth of maternal love. Gude’s heart buried a gloomy seed from an early age.


- Looking for an indigenous mother -


The departure of Yazhima had a great influence on Goode, although he did not know who his mother was at the time, but he had no mothers to care for, and he was eager to know where his mother was. At the age of 14, when he was 5 years old, Goode lost himself and started to smoke and drink, and his will was depressed. At the age of 21, he saw his mother and his younger in National Geographic. This scene made him burst into tears, so he intended to go to the Amazon jungle to explore his mother with a strong desire.


In July 2011, Goode embarked on a trip to find an indigenous mother. The trip also received the support of his father, Old Goode. Since he is almost 70 years old, he can't go together. After all the hardships of the journey, Goode and a local Hasinto native came to the Yanomami territory by boat. Not yet entering the village, the local Yanomami people stopped by on the shore.


Here he finally saw his mother. At that time, Yazhima was still picking up wild vegetables. When someone told her that her son came back to visit her, she almost stumbled across the road and kept whispering. Goode recalled this scene and said, "When I saw her, I stood up from the stool and walked to her. I wanted to hug her, but this is not the way of greetings from the Yanomami people. So I put my hand Putting on her shoulder, she kept sobbing, I felt her trembling. So I couldn't help but cry."


Twenty years later, David reunited with his mother, and the picture came from the BBC.


Yazhma said that she also misses those days in the United States, missing New Jersey, Pennsylvania, pizza, French fries and peaches. This mother-child reunion brought more than just a moment of happiness. In 2012, Goode established a non-profit organization, The Good Project, to build a bridge of trust between indigenous groups and strengthen its influence on the outside world. . Although Goode is interested in the culture of Yanomami, his sister and younger brother do not think that they are not as keen on the culture of the Yanomami as Gud.


Although he had a good command of English and had already lost his life habits, he felt like he was here when he set foot on the territory of the Yanomami. When someone asked Goode, what was the best time in the Amazon jungle, he said: "The people who live here have no stress, no depression, no loneliness, no anxiety." He will stay here for a long time, both Accompanied by my mother is also the attribution of my own spirit.


Extended reading:

BBC: Return to the rainforest: A son's search for his Amazonian mother

CBS News: From Amazon to Garden State: A mother and son's extraordinary journey

Baltic Review: David Good back to the Amazon

People Magazine 1987 – An Amazon Love Story



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