Picture of an Amazon native woman in the doorway to a traditional longhouse
or maloka. In order to understand the native cultures of the Amazon
River Basin, and why the indigenous natives were so well adapted to the rain
forest, one must first comprehend the essential role played by Amazon native
women, and the profound respect given to them by their society. Amazon
native women are vitally important and acknowledged as the life bearers of
the people. Even though their function in society differs from that of
men, Amazon native women are not seen as inferior to men.