Amazing pictures of the disappearing tribe of Av

Amazing pictures of the disappearing tribe of Av

Deep in the jungles of the Amazon, the most vulnerable tribe in the world lives, whose members, trying to protect themselves from destruction, lead a nomadic lifestyle, constantly moving with children, weapons and pets.

The people of the Awa tribe were on the verge of extinction because of the European colonists who enslaved them, and the ranchers who stole the land on which they lived. And yet they live in complete harmony with the jungle. Most Awa families have several tamed wild animals that women breastfeed until they grow up.1

Very few have ever managed to meet the people of Av. Photographer Domenico Puleze (Domenico Pugliese) was one of those lucky ones, because he was lucky to spend time with this wonderful tribe and even become a source of entertainment for them.2

Pulese first met with the people of the Awa tribe in 2009, after his journalist friend suggested escorting him and the anthropologist to the forest area where they live.“They heard the sound of the boat’s engine and went down to the river’s bank,” recalls the photographer. “It felt like I was in a different world.”3

After the beginning of communication, the people of the Awa tribe even found a reason to mock the photographer. It turns out that they simply do not understand how an adult can be alone, without a family. After all, family is very important for Ava and this concept is not limited to only close people. Their animals, which help them in everyday tasks, such as chopping nuts and picking fruits from tall trees, are as much a part of the family as children.4

The people of the Awa tribe keep wild pigs, squirrels, parrots and large rodents agouti, but their favorite pets are monkeys.5

Primates are an important source of food for Ava, but if the baby is breastfed, they will never eat it. Even if he returns to the forest, they recognize him as “hanima” - part of the family.6

“They feed squirrels and monkeys exactly as they breast feed their babies,” says Puleze. “It shows how far we have come from where we were.” They are so close to nature. In fact, it is not even intimacy - they are part of nature. ”7

However, of the tens of thousands of people of Av, who lived in the territory of the state of Maranhão 500 years ago, when Portuguese colonists landed, only about 400 people have survived to date. About 60 of them have never had contact with the outside world.8

Many of them died due to diseases brought from overseas - smallpox, measles, influenza, and others. The survivors were turned into slaves and forced to work on plantations where rubber and sugarcane were grown.9

In 1835, after centuries of oppression, the Maranhian tribes rebelled against the European enslavers. During the 5-year uprising, about 100,000 indigenous people were exterminated.10

After that, the people of Ava were forced to start a nomadic lifestyle in order to avoid genocide. Over the next 200 years, they became skilled hunters and learned how to build dwellings within hours, so that days later they would abandon them again and go on their way. As a result of leading a nomadic lifestyle, they lost their agricultural skills and even their ability to start a fire.11

In 1982, the World Bank and the EU gave Brazil a loan of about $ 900 million to protect the lands of the indigenous people, but illegal loggers continued to threaten their livelihood for another 30 years.12

The Brazilian government announced that all the “invaders” had been expelled from the lands of Awa last year, but today the people of the tribe face even greater danger - fires raging in the Amazon.13

The fires that destroy huge tracts of forest on the eastern outskirts of Amazonia, known as the “Light of the Earth,” are said to be arranged by the ranchers who want to turn the land into plantations.

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    Amazing pictures of the disappearing tribe of Av

    Amazing pictures of the disappearing tribe of Av

    Amazing pictures of the disappearing tribe of Av

    Amazing pictures of the disappearing tribe of Av

    Amazing pictures of the disappearing tribe of Av

    Amazing pictures of the disappearing tribe of Av

    Amazing pictures of the disappearing tribe of Av

    Amazing pictures of the disappearing tribe of Av

    Amazing pictures of the disappearing tribe of Av

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