- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) - When David Good first set off to find his mother in the Amazon rainforest, he wasn’t sure where the journey would take him.

At that time, it had been 19 years since Good saw his mother, Yarima, a native of the remote Venezuelan Yanomami tribe.

David Good hopes to eventually start fundraising to sponsor more trips to Costa Rica and Venezuela to study the Yanomami and Cabecar tribes.

The East Stroudsburg University graduate student didn’t know what to expect.

Prior to that summer 2011 trip, it had been years since Good left the United States - the last time as a small child.

The trip to Venezuela involved two years of coordination.

Once there, Good had to navigate the Orinoco River with a tour guide and translator, deep into the Amazonian rainforest, where few outsiders venture.

Living so remotely, Yarima was cut off from all forms of modern communication, and therefore Good had no way of knowing if she was even alive.

The trip changed Good’s life.

Yarima was alive and well, and Good, now 27, was exposed to a way of life he never experienced in the United States.

Good is the son of American anthropologist, Kenneth Good, who traveled to southeastern Venezuela to study the Yanomami tribe more than 30 years ago.

Kenneth Good was supposed to be there for 15 months, but instead became enamored with the culture, living there for more than 12 years.

It was during that time, Kenneth Good met a young tribal girl named Yarima. Eventually, their relationship developed into a romance, and the two married.

Kenneth Good eventually returned to the United States, bringing Yarima with him, but it wasn’t easy.

Having never experienced any type of technology, she was confused and at times frightened. Yarima also became isolated, spending most of her time in the couple’s Rutherford, New Jersey, home.

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