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Life in the Jungle: the delicate art of eating ants, channeling gods and learning the art of the blowpipe

Our fellow explorers over at Hendrick’s Gin have been up to some very interesting things, taking an expedition to Venezuela in search of a mysterious botanical with veteran explorer Charles Brewer Carias! Here is part three of the article series documenting the ‘Hendrick’s Perilous Botanical Quest’:

Enjoy watching as Hendrick’s Gin, Global Ambassador, David Piper, immerses himself in the indigenous culture of the Kanaracuni village, Venezuela… 

 

Embarking on the ‘Hendrick’s Perilous Botanical Quest’ was a fantastic opportunity to find some of the most unusual botanicals in the world, but it was also a rare chance to encounter another very different way of life. The expedition team spent the majority of their time in Venezuela as guests of the very much isolated, yet very friendly, Kanaracuni tribe.

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This indigenous Indian tribe has been living in the jungle here for centuries, far away from civilization. Being welcomed into their tribe to live alongside them and have some insight into their way of life, their cultures and treasured traditions was an incredible experience for David and one that he will never forget.

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Fully immersed in tribal life, David took part in ritual ceremonies, channeled gods, ate live insects, tried and failed at the art of blowpiping, to name but a few of his experiences. He and Lesley also contended with the realities of jungle life, from sand flies (they’re mighty difficult to dig out of your foot!) to bathing in leech-infested waters and a dangerous liaison with a less than friendly tribe (facing a drawn arrow was certainly character building!).

Still want to know more about the Hendrick’s Perilous Botanical Quest? Visit http://www.hendricksgin.com/perilous-botanical-quest More to come in article four!

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