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~ David Good
For the first five years of my life I grew up in two worlds speaking English and Yanomami with my mother. Though we were a happy family, my mother could not withstand the lonely nights apart from her Amazonian family. After our last return trip to Venezuela, she decided to separate from the family and remain in jungle. After nineteen years of separation, I decided I was ready to venture back into the Amazon to reunite with my mother.
This past summer of 2011, I embarked on a quest to take the path that my father had taken decades ago. I had the help of so many individuals, namely Hortensia Caballero, Venezuelan anthropologist, whom laid the path to my village. Dealing with foreign languages, politics, andterrain, I remained determined to keep an open state of mind with a single goal: to reach my mother. With no jungle experience I was clearly a "babe in the woods".
When we successfuly reached Hasupuwei-teri, she was not there so I set up my hammock and waited for her arrival. I was nervous and anxious. The villager gathered around to investigate me. After about an hour and a half, she walked into the village. There was an immediate hush punctuated by whispers of my mother's name, "Yarima. After nineteen years of separation, my mother and I finally reunited. Though were of different tongues and different worlds, the cultural barrier did not dissolve the bond we had for each other. Though she left me when I was just a young boy, I completely understand why she had to do it. I am at peace with this now. The past is in the past and it all doesn't matter now.
We were finally together. We held each and wept. I love my mother will all my heart. No jungle can keep me from her. To hold and touch her hand, and say the words, "Mama," was a miracle and a dream come true.