I don't know if there is a connection, but I found this interesting on-line
encyclopedia article about the Piraha.  Their limitations may be due to
culture and isolation and not to congenital dyscalculia.  Have any Piraha
left the tribe and acclimated to a more modern society?

Here's the address:

Sally Caves
Niffodyr tweluenrem lis teuim an
the gods have retractible claws
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From: "takatunu" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, October 10, 2004 2:41 PM
Subject: Piraha & Dyscalculia

> I read an article about dyscalculia(?) in a French magazine last week. It
> apparently a hereditary impediment impairing the ability to count,
> and handle abstract concepts like number, definition and colours (IIRC but
> was in a hurry when I read it) and...draw straight lines! It made me think
> of Piraha a few minutes ago. Any chance there is a connection?