Looking back at one of the best times of my life, searching for jungle Gold and Diamonds.
I was unloading some local natives in the Grand Sabana of Venezuela.
These men were hunters from a local indigenous tribe that lived near where we were mining for Gold and Diamonds.
I frequently gave these hunters rides into a small town close to a hundred kilometers from our mine site. They often brought us jungle game for our cookhouse, and what a variety!!!
On occasion they would bring a Diamond for me to examine or buy.
I would ask them where they found it. Of course its just over the hill! Well over the hill sometimes meant an over night death march. We were in the Tepui country and the beauty and natural wonders we encountered were like a dream. Waterfalls plunging over 1000 ft over these ancient Tepuis, untouched natural wildlife and plenty of snakes!
We would treck over to some obscure drainage and sure enough you could see a small camp set up near a small stream where they could suruca for Diamonds. These native people were on the edges of modern civilization and a jungle wilderness, unseen and untouched by the outside world.
I am sure it is just as untouched as it was years ago when we were invited to their homes and met their families. The balance of those people with nature is special, and it was a privilege to have these people take me into their world.
~ Rob Towner