Our Witchdoctors Are Too Weak: The rebirth of an Amazon tribe
Davey & Marie Jank
Monarch Books (2010)
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views (2/11)
First, let me say I admire all that take this path as a missionary. I never realized the hardships and cultural differences that are encountered. The authors have provided great insight into what it is like to go to an unknown area and try to communicate and acclimate to a culture that is so unusual from one’s own that one can only rely on humor to get through.
Can you imagine going to the Amazon to work with the people of the Wilo tribe who have their own language and customs and refer to witchdoctors for healing and guidance? Part of the mission is to teach God’s word to individuals in remote areas, but how do you do that when you don’t understand the language and it is not written down?
From the very beginning of this book readers won’t be able to put it down. In the first chapter we learn that the Wilo have no word for “no.” They don’t need it as everyone works together and shares what they have. Here we find Davey going on what he thinks is a hunt for firewood, when in reality the tribe is looking for wild pigs.
Since most missionary posts are out in the jungle, they have to rely on pilots to bring in new supplies or mail. The problem is you don’t often know when they are coming due to the lack of technology.
Living conditions are bare and simple to say the least. Prior to their own living quarters being built, Davey and other missionaries lived in a hut where the walls only went up part way and there were no doors. Imagine waking up to a group of children and adults staring at your every move or just walking through the entrance to check out your belongings.
The authors have a unique style of writing in “Our Witchdoctors Are Too Weak: The rebirth of an Amazon tribe.” They have provided readers with so much information to absorb that the chapters are short and written in a language that all can understand. The descriptions of individuals in the tribe and customs are so detailed that one can imagine being there.