Photojournalist Sebastião Salgado traveled the Brazilian Amazon for six years to document the unfathomable wonder of this last frontier. The forest, the rivers, the mountains, and the people who live there. He visited a dozen indigenous tribes that exist in small communities scattered across the largest tropical rainforest in the world: The Yanomami, the Asháninka, the Yawanawá, the Suruwahá, the Zo’é, the Kuikuro, the Waurá, the Kamayurá, the Korubo, the Marubo, the Awá, and the Macuxi.
Our narrative of perpetual progress tempts us to view our high-tech lifestyle as the crown of the human endeavor. But remember this as you look at these images: They are as modern a human being as you are. Ultimately, we are the aliens on our own planet, so far removed from the true nature of life that we are racing toward our own extinction.
Also see this previous post about the people of the Amazon:
Claudia Andujar — The Yanomami Struggle
We are animals, born from the land with the other species. Since we’ve been living in cities, we’ve become more and more stupid, not smarter. What made us survive all these hundreds of thousands of years is our spirituality; the link to our land.Sebastião Salgado