And his last expedition, for the Discovery Channel, carried a price: With two of the animals lying on the speedboat floor, Possuelo crossed over to the Korubu, who swarmed to the boat and surrounded him in bursts of sound. A reader pointed out several weeks later that the child was a girl. But if Mireilles does not hold a romantic vision of Stone Age life, neither does he bear illusions about the wonders Brazilian society has to offer. Ranged against him is a chorus of powerful voices coming from those coveting Indian lands and resources, and their allies in the Brazilian Government.
I said no.
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Throughout the trip, as he ran into friends he hadn't seen, Possuelo doffed his cap and dropped his head, to show stitches running like expressways over his shiny crown, as if he still could not get over having survived. It is a vision he has peddled diligently, inviting small groups of reporters along on his expeditions to win public support, particularly overseas. I wasn't quite sure what ''Maya'' meant, but it seemed appropriate. On the deck of the Waika, Possuelo traced the shape of the Javari Valley with his finger, much as the evening before he conjured figures as he gazed up at the clouds. There we found Xikxu, the patriarch, who looked about One carried a child over one shoulder and a monkey over the other. By definition, little is known about isolated Indians.