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Worthy Missionaries

April 25, 1993

Thanks for Jack Epstein's "Rain Forest Man" (March 21). Too many times, missionaries get blamed for destroying native cultures. Often, the truth is that the natives' first contact with civilization has been with traders, oil companies, gold seekers, etc.--none of whom have the natives' interest at heart.

Randy Borman's parents not only translated the Bible into the Cofan language, but they also preserved the Cofan legends by translating them into Spanish and English.

MERILYN WALKER

Glendale

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