‘I SPEND A LONG TIME BREASTFEEDING the baby monkeys,’ Parakeet explains. ‘And when they have grown they go back to the forest to live.
I hear the howler monkey that used to be my pet, singing there in the forest.’
Although wild monkeys are an important source of food, once a baby has been brought into the family and breast fed, it will never be eaten. Even if it returns to the forest, the Awá will recognize it as hanima: part of the family.