HUAORANI TRIBE OF ECUADORIAN AMAZON


The daily lives of the Huaorani Tribe revolve around the rainforest, building primitive shelter from leaves and branches and washing, playing and travelling between villages on the river. But they live above one of the largest deposits of oil in the Ecuadorian Amazon and oil companies are now exploiting the land by driving roads through the forest, creating barriers for game, and bringing flames that burn through the night that attract insects to specific locations, further fracturing the fragile ecology. Although protected, the Huaorani land does not include ownership of the ‘subsurface rights’ and the indigenous people struggle to maintain a way of life dependent on the rivers and trees of the Amazon basin.