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Videogames in the Amazon

One of the nights with the Schuar tribe (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuar_people) deep in the Ecuadoran rainforest, they shared their traditions and culture with us in stories, dance and song, and then asked our small group of guests to share something from each of our own cultures with them. I happened to have my iPad with me with a bunch of games on it, and Leona had her iPhone with some photos from home, so we first told them about snow (which some of them had seen from a distance, on the mountains of the Andes in Ecuador, but very few had seen in person), Canadian winter (which, when we described how cold it gets where we live in the winter in Edmonton, Alberta - and for how many months we have snow on the ground - they asked us if we live on top of a mountain; they also didn't want to accept that our trees would survive being frozen, even though we showed them photos to prove it!), ice hockey (which seemed to intrigue them - they know about and play soccer/football, but hadn't heard about hockey before). After that, the indigenous tribespeople and the rest of our group enjoyed playing air hockey together on my iPad, with the local children all taking turns playing until we reluctantly had to call it a night. That evening was a lot of fun :)

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Taken on August 15, 2013