Google Goes to the Amazon

Amazon Indians Using Google EarthLast month, a group of Geo Googlers went to visit an Amazon indian tribe, and to see for themselves areas of the Amazon forests protected by this tribe from deforestation for profit. Google Earth became involved in 2006 when a group of conservationists began teaching the indian tribe how to use GPS technology to map their sacred grounds to help gain Brazilian government protection for their forests. In 2007, the Chief of the Suiri tribe visited Google and met with Google Earth Outreach founder Rebecca Moore. Rebecca led last month’s trip to help train members of the Suiri other ways they can use the Internet to help their cause. See her Google Blog post, or the post from another Googler about the trip, or read the summary of the trip (with photos) at the Outreach site.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. I don’t like this idea. Introducing modern technologies will likely announce the end of native indian era. Why don’t these guys let them live their way. What gadget are next? Car, chain-saw,…gun?

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