What We Learned from Sam-I-am

Author's family with indigenous tribe of the Amazon

By Kristen Hogan
Do you like green eggs and ham?
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.
I do not like green eggs and ham.
It’s hot in the canoe. Sweltering hot like butter in a frying pan. I smell my husband beside me, the sweat seeping out of his skin like a spring thaw. We are on the Amazon River in June and our guide, Sam, maneuvers the motorized canoe into a narrow branch of the river. Thankfully, the trees create a canopy over us, providing shade from the devastating sun. Sam points out a sloth and a monkey in the nearby treetops.


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