Us, the animals of the forest
The guaraní-speaking Isoso people in Bolivia's Gran Chaco wilderness sustain a rich cultural heritage based on their hunting and fishing lifestyle and the biodiversity on which they depend.

Commissioned by the Wildlife Conservation Society for distribution to local communities and schools.This is a book of Isoso folk tales, most of which have been passed down the generations by oral tradition. Like in European fables, the idiosyncracies of human nature and reflected in the antics of animal characters, all of which are part of the local wildlife.

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As the top predator in the Chaco the jaguar naturally becomes a prime target for ridicule at the hands of lesser creatures. This theme is recurrent in Isoso folklore and makes prime cartoon material...
This Brocket Deer is wearing a traditional hunter's satchel called a "bokó"
As in European folklore, the fox is considered too clever for its own good - or that of others.
Out courting a pair of doves, Fox suffers an unfortunate effect from drinking too much "chicha"
Isoso lore has it that foxes play dead to lure and catch their prey. Could this be true?
The Isoso people really don't appreciate Fox's company.
Isoso folklore includes vivid accounts of the the Spanish conquest. Stunning testimony to the value of oral tradition.
 
Isoso version of La Fontaine's fable about the tortoise and the hare.
 
    
Vanity is frowned upon in the Isoso, as is weakness



A tale of two nests. Two species mock each other's nests, but each has its advantages.
 
I forget the context for this one, but it definitely has to do with deforestation, a serious threat to the Gran Chaco today.