these communities face hyper paced industrialization and resource extraction.
between 2013 and 2017 i’ve had the privilege to spend time living in indigenous communities in the ecuadorian amazon.
this long-term project asks : how do humans maintain grace in the face of cataclysm?
a young waorani man lays drunk from beer bought for the community by the state oil company petroamazonas
a drunk Waorani man sets up a roadblock, barring oil company trucks from passing late in the night
Obe washes her basket before filling it with clean yucca root
Beto plays with a balsawood plane made by his father.
Airplanes like this were used by Christian Missionaries to make first contact with the Waorani in 1956.
a littered bottle of purified water rests in a pool of crude oil at an oil well abandoned by Texaco
Lago Agrio, former forest territory of the Kofán people
an Ecuadorian soldier takes photos of the Waorani
Miguel carves a canoe oar
two waorani girls seek an internet connection