"The more than 500 Cofán people who live in Dureno don’t fit most Western stereotypes of how native Amazonians are supposed to look or act. They don’t wear loincloths or paint their bodies. They don’t lounge around in hammocks and play wooden flutes all day... To most outsiders, the Cofán don’t look indigenous — they look poor and defeated."
The new issue of American Ethnologist (AE) is out with an article by our friend and collaborator Michael Cepek ("There Might Be Blood: Oil, Humility, and the Cosmopolitics of a Cofán Petro-Being") and a beautiful cover by Bear Guerra. The portrait of Alejandro Criollo was taken in the Cofán village of Dureno, Ecuador, earlier this year.
Bear recently traveled to the Cofán community of Dureno (in the Ecuadorean Amazon) with our friend and collaborator, anthropologist Michael Cepek, who is working on a book, "Life in Oil," which describes the history and consequences of the oil industry from a Cofán perspective. Their collaboration will be out sometime next year.