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Trinkets & Beads

52 min
HD9574 .E22 T7 2000 DVD

After twenty years of devasting pollution by oil companies in the Amazon basin of Ecuador, Dallas-based MAXUS promises to be the first company that will protect the rainforest and respect the people who live there.

TRINKETS & BEADS tells the story of how MAXUS set out to convince the Huaorani to allow drilling on their land. The story starts in 1957 with the Huaorani massacre of five American missionaries, moving through the evangelization of the tribe, pollution of Huaorani lands by Texaco and Shell, and manipulation of Huaorani leaders by MAXUS. Now the Huaorani leader, Moi, is trying to unite the tribe to force MAXUS off their lands.

The story of how the Huaorani are attempting to survive in the Petroleum Age on their own terms exposes one of the best-hidden consequences of our relentless drive to "develop" the world.

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