Sunday, July 08, 2012

Planet In Peril - Brazil, Part 2

This week we're still in Brazil with Anderson and "team." The markings on Anderson's arms were part of a welcoming ceremony from an indigenous tribe called the Kraho, that Anderson and team spent some time with. Anderson talked about it in his blog post 3 weeks ago. In case you missed it you can read it here.

David Doss fills us in on another aspect of the welcoming ceremony the Kraho people gave Anderson and the team ~

From 'Regal Bird' to 'Hanging Thing'
Executive producer's note: What neither Anderson nor Jeff Corwin mention is the naming part of the welcoming ceremony the Kraho gave our team. For those who note these things, the Kraho generously bestowed names upon our entire team who made the trip. Anderson's Kraho name translates as "Regal Bird." Jeff Corwin's is "Running Deer." Our associate producer, Selena, is "Coconut." Neil, a cameraman, is "Bound Legs." Phil, our second cameraman, is "White Pig." Jeff Hutchens, our photographer, is "Dead Fish." And finally, the Kraho named Charlie, our senior producer, "Hanging Thing." (Reports from the field indicate both Phil and Charlie are concerned about the accuracy of the Kraho translation.)
Posted By David Doss, "360" Executive Producer: 2:06 PM ET

Part 2 of the Planet In Peril segment on Brazil featured more about Sister Dorothy and the time Anderson and the "team" spent with the Kraho tribe; who are trying to stop illegal logging and poaching as they depend on the land to sustain their way of life ~

Jeff shared a bit about spending time in the jungle with Anderson and team ~

The difficulty of spotting nocturnal creatures
Finally, after two sweaty days in the jungle, a couple of mosquito-filled, sleepless nights, and parsimonious meals of power bars, I got to take a shower.

It felt great, but no matter how much I scrubbed, the bluish-black dye, which the Kraho Indians had ceremoniously painted on my arms, wouldn't come off.

These garish bands of ink, which was harvested from the fruit of a local palm, may have some folks thinking I just robbed a bank and got nailed by the ink bomb in the money bag. But truth be told, it's a stigma I'm willing to live with. The Kraho village and the lush jungle surrounding it is a place I'll never forget.

Rarely does one get a chance to spend time with a people who truly depend upon and live off the land around them. The Kraho do so in a manner in which their culture seems as if it is completely integrated into the natural world. The genuine hospitality they extended to Anderson, the crew and me is something I will treasure.

Mornings and afternoons were spent exploring the Kraho culture and their struggle to conserve their way of life in a region that seems, at times, to have failed them. Evenings were spent trail-blazing through dense jungle in search of secretive creatures.

I must confess that the rain forest at night, alive with a cornucopia of nocturnal life-forms awaiting discovery, is one of my favorite places on earth. Amazingly, 80 percent of the creatures living in a tropical rainforest are nocturnal. Many of them inhabit the blanket of leaves making up the canopy high over head.

It's often hard, if not downright impossible, to spot them. But when my eyes meet theirs, illumined by the eerie glow of a head lamp, adrenaline seems to surge through my veins.

Anderson did quite well sloshing through hip-deep muck and trekking into the near impenetrable vegetation. Although a rather curious bat seemed to get the better of him, but only for a moment. Until, that is, the bat decided to swoop by once again.

Posted By Jeff Corwin, Wildlife Biologist: 1:51 PM ET

In this segment (that aired on CNN), Anderson and Jeff "attempt" to release a sloth and let's just say, it didn't go exactly as planned ~

Charlie Moore shares a bit of information on what shooting was really like for some of the team in Brazil and included a video that was shown on AC 360 ~

Umm, are those spider fangs in your leg?
It was good to see our photographer Neil walking again. We met at JFK airport Thursday morning. The last time we worked together was three weeks ago in Brazil, where after 10 days of shooting in the rainforest he had to check into a hospital for an unexplained leg condition.

It seems he was bitten by something that was causing his knee to swell so dramatically he couldn't walk. The doctors were a bit stumped. One of them said they pulled from his leg what looked like spider fangs (not an altogether unreasonable claim considering the critters we encountered) but Jeff Corwin blamed a form of prickly palm tree that when touched releases a bacteria into your skin that can cause infection. Neither scenario sounds pleasant and Neil never got a firm diagnosis. (Watch Corwin teach Cooper a painful lesson)...

Phil, our other photographer, didn't fare much better. After making fun of Neil's condition for nearly a week, Phil noticed what looked like a cluster of small eggs under the skin of his leg. I could go on, but I don't think you want the details. You'll be happy to know Phil's much better now too.

It's almost time to take off now and Jeff Hutchens, the still photographer from Getty Images who joins us on these trips, has just arrived. We haven't seen each other since Brazil and he just pulled up his pant leg to show us all what he thinks is a small parasite creeping around his ankle..
Posted By Charlie Moore, CNN Senior Producer

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am assuming that Anderson will no longer travel to the Middle East or other areas that are not gay friendly. Perhaps I am wrong. Though didn't Christianne Amanpour travel to places that were not female friendly?