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Volume 1 October, 2011

World's Oldest Person Found Thriving in the Amazon
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Brazil:. Last month, Maria Lucimar Pereira celebrated her 121st birthday. The indigenous woman from western Brazil's Kaxinawá tribe is now the world's oldest living person -- 6 years older than the previous title-holder.

File:Brazil State Acre.svgPereira was born on September 3, 1890 and lives in the Brazilian state of Acre. She practices a humble and traditional way of life that stretches back for centuries. She credits her long-life to an active, healthy lifestyle and a diet of locally grown meats, fruits, and vegetables gathered in the forests around her home. 

This all-natural diet, along with frequent walks around town, suggests that looking to past dietary habits may be the best way to ensure a long and thriving life.

"All too often we witness the negative effects forced change can have on indigenous peoples," says Stephen Corry of Survival International. "It is refreshing to see a community that has retained strong links to its ancestral land and enjoyed the undeniable benefits of this."

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