A brief encounter on the Tapajós River

The largest tropical forest on Earth is disappearing at an alarming rate.

You have heard of the Amazon River, the Tapajós (running through 800km) is one of its largest tributaries in Brazil. It is an artery of life for this majestic forest and sadly one of its last great free flowing rivers. The Brazilian government are now planning the construction of the São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric complex, which will be one of the largest in the world, flooding about 73000Ha of mostly rainforest, home not only to invaluable fauna and flora (some of of which is still unknown to science), but also to more than 14000 people, indigenous and riverine communities. These mega projects in the Amazon open ways for further illegal encroachment of the already over-exploited Amazon and sensitive eco-systems.

The Munduruku together with the riverine communities are fighting the barrage which is threatening their very existence.

Photographs taken during the shooting of “Amazonia Dammed”.

 

A_hidden_paradise_Sawre_Muybu_From_the_airsJose preparing for hunting.Nelison resting after huntingToasting farinhaUnseparable friends Munduruku children from very young age learn how to care for forest animalsSince young wearing beautiful ornamentsHide and seekMunduruku children are excellent climbersMeeting with Archaeology ProfessorThe mine difficult to see from the river bankThe Chapeu do sol is a gold and diamond mineBoooooCeremonial danceChildren learning how to write with light Karo Muybu

June 2016 Photography