Saturday 21 January 2017

Incredible Images Show Amazon Tribe Who Hunt With Blow Darts And Wear Dead Monkeys

Amazon Tribe

These are the incredible tribesmen of the Ecuadorian Amazon , who hunt with blowpipes and eat monkeys.

In a series of spectacular images, life in the rainforest has been revealed by conservation photographer Pete Oxford.

In some, tribe members have dead monkeys hanging around their necks.

In another, a person hangs in wait in the trees trying to catch their next meal with a blow gun.

Amazon Tribe

Other images show a man creating an ornate headpiece and a woman knitting a hat.

Other shots offer further insight into what the people eat with bare toucans hanging from their necks and a peccary pig roasting on an open flame.

Photographer Pete, from Torquay, Devon, explained that many of the people who live in that part of the Amazon still hunt in traditional ways, climbing trees to blow darts at animals, and eat monkeys and toucans as well as plants and herbs.

Amazon Tribe

"The Huaorani Indians are a forest people highly in tune with their environment," he said.

"Many are now totally acculturated since the 1950s by missionaries."

"Today they face radical change to their culture to the proximity of oil exploration within their territory and the Yasuni National Park and Biosphere Reserve, they are vastly changed," Pete continued,

"Some still live very traditionally and for this shoot, through my Huaorani friend, a direct relative of those photographed he wanted to depict them as close to their original culture as possible.

"They still largely hunt with blow pipes and spears eating a lot of monkeys and peccaries."

Amazon Tribe

The Huaorani are also known as the Waorani, Waodani or the Waos and are native Amerindians. Their lands are located between the Curaray and Napo rivers and speak the Huaorani language.

Pete says that during his visit he was welcomed into the group and hopes that ancient cultures can be saved.

Amazon Tribe

"I was accepted and everything that was theirs was mine to share," he added.

"Unfortunately, I could not reciprocate and stayed in a small tent on which I had to put a small padlock.

"For a Huaorani, my computer cables were excellent tethers to tie up a dead peccary but for me represented being able to work or not.

Amazon Tribe

"We are all homogenising to the same thing. To me that is distressing and I aim to record as many ancient cultures as possible for the sake of posterity.

"One of my greatest joys is spending time with people unlike myself. I am very conscious that when I visit a 'foreign' tribe it is I, not them who are foreign."



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