The Isolated Life & The River | Central Amazonia

Gordo and his brother

 

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.

Girau

 

By the Shore

 

Fishing

 

Várzea

 

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.

 

Lene’s bedroom

 

Sundried Surubim

 

Gabriel

 

Amanã

 

Lake by the Evening

 

Instituto Mamirauá 2009

All images and text © Marilene Ribeiro

 

 

See also:

Dead Water

By Marilene Ribeiro

 

 

 

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