National Geographic : 1983 Jan
Times of leisure often callfor rounds of kasili (above), a mild brew made from manioc root. One imbiber, in foreground, displays perfect Wayana table manners by drinkingto capacity,then intentionallyvomiting to enable him to repeat the process. The Indiansnow battle alcoholism, blamed not on kasili but on a cheap, strong rum sold by river traders. Youths in T-shirts andjeans (left) turn out for a New Year's dance that throbs with taped rock music. With cigarettesfrom Europe and the United States now widely available, smoking has increasedat all age levels. A child puffs away (right), his parents unconcerned. To protect the Wayanas from such corruptinginfluences, the government of French Guiananow restrictsvisiting touriststo two of the Indian villages.