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May 2017 issue
Faces of the Rainforest
by Valdir Cruz
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The Yanomami of Brazil and Venezuela make up the largest population of indigenous South Americans, who for the most part still live according to cultural patterns developed over thousands of years of residence in the tropical forests of the Amazon. Some believe that the Yanomami are descendants of the second wave of Paleo-Indians who migrated over the Bering Land Bridge as long as 20.000 years go, and who then traveled southward, arriving in the Amazon basin 15.000 years ago. Contact with the Yanomami began at the beginning of the twentieth century as rubber tappers, hunters, and lumberjacks penetrated the land. Some researches believe contact occurred much earlier through the activities of slave raiders as they encroached upon áreas of indigenous setlement. Perhaps as a consequence, the Yanomami may have abandoned the resources of the rivers and fled deep into the forests. What is certain is that in recente years gold miners have illegally entered Yanomami teritories bringing sickness and death. In the State of Roraima (Brazil) between 1987
and 1990, as many as 40.000 miners – about four times the total Yanomami population in Brazil – have ravished the Yanomami homeland. These miners have polluted their streams and destroyed ancestral hunting lands. It remains to be seen if the government and organizations involved in contact issues today will care enough to assure the integrity and survival of the health and culture of these threatened people.” Kenneth Good - introduction of Faces of the Rainforest – the Yanomami/2002
Woman with onchocirciassis, Brazil,1995.
Yanomami mother and baby, Brazil, 1996.
Piloto in his hammock, Venezuela, 1997.
Young girl with onchocirciassis, Venezuela, 1996.
Yanomami woman undergoing malaria treatment, Brazil, 1996.
Little Renata’s portrait, Brazil, 1996.
Little Renata, Brazil, 1996.
Kaobawa’s portrait, Venezuela, 1996.
Feet infested with Amazonian jiggers, Brazil, 1996.
Feet and hands infested with Amazonian jiggers, Brazil, 1996.
Malaria victim and relatives, Venezuela, 1997.
Woman with ashes and tears on her face – a Yanomami mourning custom, Brasil, 1996.
Shapono – interior after the 1980s gold rush, Brazil, 1996.