An American of Swedish descent, Bruce Olsson has told his fantastic
life as a missionary among the Motilone (Bari) Indians of Colombia, South
America, in his best-selling book Bruchko.
Many wondered, even doubted, if the remarkable events which the book portrays
were actually true. French and Swedish anthropologists called him
an American hacienda owner making the Motilones his personal colony.
They accused him of destroying the pristine innocence of an aboriginal
Andres Küng is the top-notch television and newspaper reporter
who set out to investigate the charges. This book is the intriguing
account of Küng's on-the-spot investigation in Colombia.
were the derogatory charges made?
What had some anthropologists hoped to gain?
What was Bruce Olsson really doing?
In a day when many humanistic scientists are urging Third World countries
to expel literacy experts and other missionaries working among tribal peoples,
this is an important book -- one you will want to read and share.
"Bruce Olson is one of the most challenging pieces on a missionary
loner in our time. The character of Bruce Olson is finally vindicated
but much more than that comes out. Here is an accurate, colorful profile
of an Indian tribe in Colombia caught against the background of pressures
that almost destroyed them. A missionary classic, must reading for
anyone concerned with the true method of carrying the compassion of God
to a needy people."
(Andres Küng is a graduate of the Stockholm School of Economics,
has traveled to about one hundred countries and speaks a dozen languages.
Formerly the editor-in-chief of the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation's
daily cultural and debating program, he then became a freelance writer
and journalist. Active in political and journalistic circles, he
has been honored by the underground resistance movements of Estonia, Latvia
and Lithuania, as well for outstanding journalistic and literary achievement
by the Swedish Writer's Association.)