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Hands of the Rain Forest: The Emberá People of Panama / by Rachel Crandell


Title: Hands of the Rain Forest: The Emberá People of Panama
Author and Illustrator: Rachel Crandell
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 978-0-8050-7990-6
Year: 2009

Concepts: natural and human resources, economic development

Review: The Emberá, a group of indigenous people living in the southern part of Panama, have held onto long-standing traditions in using resources from the rain forest to meet most of their subsistence needs. Adults and children work to pound rice and make mosquito repellent out of jagua fruit; catch fish and prepare plantains (starchy bananas) for family meals; and weave palm leaves into beautiful strong baskets and sturdy rooftops. With her clear text and striking photographs, Rachel Crandell shares with the reader her first-hand account of an indigenous group whose way of life has largely withstood the forces of economic development.

Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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