Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic
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Unripe shaved plantain, boiled with salt and a piece of meat from a collared peccary in Bolivia's rain forest.
Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic

Bolivian Amazon Dwellers Eat All the Jungle Offers

Unlike the meat-heavy diet of the Inuits and Kyrgyz, the Tsimane people of the Bolivian Amazon survive primarily on plants like plantains and corn. Meat only becomes part of the meal if a member of the tribe catches an armadillo, coati, or rodent, which is then cooked by being tossed directly into the fire.

As part of our Future of Food series, photographer Matthieu Paley went to eight remote parts of the world documenting the evolution of diet. Our video team captured his National Geographic Live! lectures about this work in a series of videos.

We Are What We Eat: Bolivia

Watch as Paley accompanies Tsimane children hunting for rodents, learns which berries are poisonous and “feeds” his camera rice.

(Read more about Matthieu Paley’s experience in Bolivia.)