Foundation of Native Indians of Ecuador.
This is a project I did for several month each year over about a 3 year period. I created a library of images for the Foundation of Native Indians In Ecuador. For several weeks I lived with the indians of the tribes Shuars and Achuars completely relying on them. No phone, no maps, just jungle. These tribes are coming from the former tribes of the shrink head indians who did prepare the heads of their enemies after they killed them and made the shrink heads. It was an intense and wonderful experience, I am very grateful I was able to be part of. The locations were very remote and only accessible by small planes or sometimes only by thin long boats on rivers.
The oil and wood companies are destroying their natural habitat. The foundation is raising money so they are able to live their native life in a modern and environmental way right in the middle of the rain forest. I became friends with one of the chiefs ( see on the right ) and at the end I got the honor to be named by him in his language. The name he gave me was 'Nasse' which means: breeze, wind gust. They told me I deserved that name because I came and went and it always felt fresh and good to them. I was deeply touched by that, and still am.
Photographed with a 6x7 Mamiya and Kodak Tri-X black and white film.