Monday, May 08, 2006

in praise of CAGUAMA

Caguama: Indigenous Mother deity
The Arrau turtle is threatened with extinction, so every year conservationists in Venezuela collect thousands of the hatchlings, raise them in captivity and then release them into the wild to try to guarantee the survival of the species.
Scrambling over each other to reach the Orinoco waters, thousands of palm-sized, green turtles were released over the weekend from a sandy island on the huge river in the latest part of a 10-year program to preserve the species.
The turtle is an endangered creature that holds great significane to indigenous peoples all over the world.
May the ancestors be pleased


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