Brazil/ Amazonia: Culture and Environment
Geography: Culture and Environment, summer I 2017.
Manaus’s environment differs from ours so greatly. Where I was located at in Brazil,
Manaus, is considered an Am climate. While, the climate in Kalamazoo, Michigan is considered a Dfa climate. The A in the Brazil climate stands for tropical climate which means the temperature average is over 18°C for all months and the m in the Brazil climate stands for monsoon. D in the Kalamazoo climate stands for cold climate which means the warmest months average temperature in over 10°C and the coldest month is less than -3°C, the f means sufficient precipitation in all months, and the a means that the warmest month temperature is over 22°C.
The D climate can not be found in South America as the physical features and relation to the equator will not allow for this climate. Since Manaus is located on the Rio Negro River there are very little amounts of animals and bugs around the city. This is due to the high acidity of the river. Blackwater Rivers such as the Rio Negro, are very acidic which means insects can’t live by the water and in return fish aren’t in the water and birds aren’t around the water. In the heart of the Amazon Rainforest is where Manaus is located, therefore, there are a lot of trees outside of town which make up the canopy of the rainforest. There are two types of forests located right outside Manaus. The Terra firme which is an upland forest and the Varzea which is a seasonally flooded forest.
Brazil makes it a point to save the remaining native tribes that reside in the Amazon
Rainforest by respecting the tribes’ lands, beliefs, and views on laws. We were able to
experience one of these tribes while living in the rainforest. They didn’t live the exact way I believed they did, however, they did live with much less than anyone in the city. Every family of the tribe has their own house, which they build themselves, located on the tribe’s land. As we stayed with the Chief and his family, we had the most amenities and the most space. The chief’s house consisted of a somewhat large porch, a small living room, two bedrooms just big enough to fit a bed in each, a small kitchen with a picnic table, and a bathroom. No house in the tribe has running water, however, some have water pumps that pump water from the river up to their homes. As there was no space for all of us to live in the house we hung our hammocks and bug nets up on the porch and called it home.
Overall, this trip was a great experience in which I learned so much. I would recommend
it to anyone who is willing to go out of her comfort zone and push their boundaries outside of their first world perspective. As Brazil is a third world country which can obviously be seen in Manaus, this trip truly gives a college student a new view on the world and the different cultures within it.