Photo Editor (Voices of Latin America) and Photographer Marilene Ribeiro is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From the project ‘LAGO AMANÃ’ (commissioned by the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá). To see Marilene’s body of work, click on any image.
Like many other communities in Central Amazonia, people who inhabit the shores of Lago Amanã deal with a long history of isolation. Keeping a deep contact with natural resources and phenomena leads those individuals to such intimacy with the river that one can barely take the former apart from the latter. Water creatures, cyclic floods (that force people to move out and in annually), as well as canoeing as the only way of ‘moving’ between sites transform these people’s folklore into a unique mix of tales, myths and beliefs. I decided to see this relationship through my lens.
Instituto Mamirauá 2009
All images and text © Marilene Ribeiro
By Marilene Ribeiro