National Geographic : 1995 Feb
Tough act Jaded Yagua children wait to dance for gov ernment visitors--and their bodyguards-in Colombia's Amazon frontier. Like other tribes, the Yagua have discovered that tradition pays. Dances carry a price. "We need the money for sugar, rice, and tobacco," says a pragmatic villager. Devaluation-prone Bra zilian currency isn't welcome.