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If a Tribe Fell in the Forest: An Ecuadorian Massacre Miguel Angel Cabodevilla Translated by Nathan Horowitz I. Commentaries on a Waorani Attack II. Wartime III. The Group That Came out of Nowhere IV. Hidden Tribes in Ecuador V. The Reinvention of the Waorani World Miguel Angel Cabodevilla, born in Spain in 1949, is a Capuchin priest and the author of ten books. From 1984 to 1999, he lived in the Ecuadorian Amazon, working with the Siona, Secoya, Naporuna (Kichwa, also spelled Quichua), and Waorani (also spelled Huaorani) tribes, on cultural preservation through bilingual education and the documentation of traditions. From 1988 to 1999, he directed the Center for Cultural Investigations of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CICAME). In 1999, he returned to Spain. Cabodevilla was visiting Ecuador in 2003 when the news broke that a massacre had taken place in a rainforest area he had worked in. Waoranis, members of the tribe that has most recently become integr