chapter  1
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The Guaraní of Paraguay and Brazil occupy one of the largest remaining subtropical forests of the New World. In the shade of the trees’ high canopy, they fit our stereotypes of indigenous peoples. The Guaraní are small, bronzeskinned, and prefer to wear a minimum of clothing. Their communities are set in forest clearings, connected with one another by footpaths through the dense underbrush. Houses are small, with thatched roofs and few furnishings. Social groups are led by old men wearing feather headdresses; These people use their religious knowledge to counsel the group.