The people living in the Andes Mountains have a very different way of life compared to the people living in the Amazon rainforest. People in the mountains wear different types of clothing, live in different houses, and eat different foods. Why do you think this is?
There are three geographical regions of Peru: the coast, the mountain, and the rainforest. Geography is a powerful influence on how people live. The geographical region determines a people’s history, language, beliefs, and culture. Many Peruvians along the coastal desert along the western Pacific edge of Peru rely on fishing and other ocean related industries for their livelihood. The inhabitants of the hills and high mountains of the Andes endure cold, and often snowy, winters. Their food is grown on hillsides during the mild months and stored for the harsh winter. In the rainforest, both wet and dry seasons are almost always hot and humid. People harvest plants and animals from the forest as well as from the Amazon River and its tributaries.
This Shaman is from the Amazon Rainforest. In the rainforest, a shaman acts as the local doctor. Shaman help sick people with medicine made from plants gathered in the surrounding forest.
Think about how the geography of the United States influences people. Does where you live determine your accent? Does where you live impact what you eat, what you do for fun, and even the types of clothes you wear? How do the landscape and seasonal differences impact life in Florida compared to people living in Minnesota? What crops are grown in different states?