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  • Nothing is required further than digging and dragging these roots out of the ground, drying them a while, and then binding them in bundles with a small "sipo," or tough forest creeper.

    The Forest Exiles The Perils of a Peruvian Family in the Wilds of the Amazon

  • I thought we should have lost the deer; but kneeling down, he raised it on a hanging sipo, and let fly an arrow, which struck the animal.

    On the Banks of the Amazon

  • Presently he placed his blow-pipe within the loop of a sipo.

    On the Banks of the Amazon

  • I reached him just as I was at the extreme end of the sipo.

    On the Banks of the Amazon

  • If one happened for an instant to be sitting quietly on a sipo, or gently winging backwards and forwards, another was sure to come behind him and pull his tail, or give him a twitch on the ear, and then throw himself off the sipo out of the other's reach, holding on, however, firmly enough by his long appendage.

    On the Banks of the Amazon

  • John seized his arm directly afterwards, and together we towed him towards the bank, calling to the Indians to haul the sipo gently in.

    On the Banks of the Amazon

  • Had it not been for the sipo, I could scarcely have kept my footing.

    On the Banks of the Amazon

  • With one hand I grasped the long sipo, with the other I kept tight hold of

    On the Banks of the Amazon

  • Now one would catch hold of a horizontal sipo, and swing vehemently backwards and forwards; now two or three would scramble up a perpendicular one, and a fourth would catch hold of the tail of the last and hang by it, whisking about his own tail meantime till it had found a branch of liana, when he would let go, and bring himself up again by that wonderful member of his, and skip away to a distance from his playmate, who might attempt to retaliate.

    On the Banks of the Amazon


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  • "Scientists have turned to trees in the search for better materials to use in human bone transplants. A new procedure being developed in Italy aims to turn blocks of wood - specifically red oak, rattan and sipo - into artificial bones. It is hoped that wood-derived bone substitutes will allow faster and more secure healing than currently available with metal and ceramic implants."

    - Jeff Salton, New bones from old wood,, 16 August 2009.

    August 17, 2009