Photo Essay: Awá indians, Brazil

It is astonishing that there are still uncontacted native people in such a devastated part of the Amazon. The modern frontier, with its chain saws, bulldozers, loggers, squatters, and cattle ranchers, has been eating away at the Awá’s rain forest for 40 years. Illegal logging roads have penetrated to within a few miles of where one of the three known bands of isolados roams.

Feature article from Vanity Fair.  Survival International enlisted photographer Sebastião Salgado and writer Alex Shoumatoff to journey into the remote Amazonian jungle to focus attention on the plight of the Awá.  The Awá, are an Amazonian tribespeople who were first contacted at the end of the 1980s and in the 1990s.  Despite winning a legal battle requiring the Brazilian government to evict the illegal loggers, the Awá remain one of the world’s most threatened tribal people. 

Read the article here.

Sebastião Salgado’s gallery of photos are here.

Survival International is a charity that champions tribal peoples’ rights.  It was formed in 1969 in response to a newspaper article by Norman Lewis in the Sunday Times Magazine.  

Read more about Survival and its work here.

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