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Following nature, instead of forcing nature to follow us

sImm018 19People who live with nature, if they are farmers in Europe or in the Andes, or Huaoranis in the rainforest, they know they have to follow nature in its rhythms for a reason. Sometimes this can be because there are seasons for specific crops, sometimes it is for knowing when it is best to sow or harvest. The Huaoranis also know these things. For example they know that if you need wood of the very straight and long and very hard Chonta tree to make a new blowpipe or a spear, you need to cut the tree with full moon. Otherwise small animals will eat your spears or blowpipes. The same goes for leaves to build houses and bamboo as well. Depending on products and what you want from the trees or plants, you might need to need to do it with full moon, or better with new moon.
For example, farmers who want to grow coffee, cacao or fruit trees, they’d better plant them with new moon, otherwise they grow very tall and have less fruits.

sKeuken Huaroani jachtkampJan – April Lots of fruits are ripe, like Chonta, but also other fruits. Also the apes eat this, so they also have lots of belly-fat, which make them good to eat.
June  Lots of plants and trees are in bloom.
July – August There are little fruits, so time for fishing. Huaoranis do this in the (very) small rivers in the forests, where they narcotize the fish with a liana-plant called Basbasco first and then easily spear them out of the river.
Sept – Oct The seeds of the giant Ceibo trees (Kapok) are ready. They use the flocks in the seeds on their arrows, in order to generate resistance while blowing the arrow through the blow pipe.
Nov New fruits are ready to eat. Birds prepare for their breeding period.
Dec Lots of birds are laying their eggs.