indigenous rights

Bear's photos to appear in new book, "Life in Oil" by Bear Guerra

Bear Guerra has been traveling and working alongside anthropologist, writer and dear friend Michael Cepek in Cofán indigenous communities in the Ecuadorean Amazon. His beautiful portrait of Roberto, Alejandro and Lucia Criollo graces the cover (plus more than 40 of his documentary images are inside) in Michael's new book, "Life in Oil," which tells the history and consequences of the oil industry from a Cofán perspective.

 

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Cofán Survival Fund print sale is on by Bear Guerra

For the next few months, Bear will be collaborating with the Cofan Survival Fund/Fundación Sobrevivencia Cofán (a nonprofit dedicated to the survival of the Cofán indigenous culture and its home in the Ecuadorean Amazon). Prints of Bear's work in the community are available for sale, and 60% of proceeds will go to the Cofán Survival Fund. Thank you for helping us spread the word! Visit the photo sale here.

A Trip Through Ecuador’s Cofán Community  by Bear Guerra

Bear's collaboration with anthropologist Michael Cepek last year sees the light in this photo and print essay out in Pacific Standard Magazine:

"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."

Indigenous Residents of Lima's Cantagallo Shantytown Confront an Uncertain Future by Bear Guerra

The pueblo joven, or shantytown, of Cantagallo sits atop a former landfill in Lima, wedged between a freeway and the Rímac River. Founded in 2000 by roughly 15 indigenous Shipibo families who were part of a mass exodus of Amazonian immigrants pushed out of their communities by logging, illegal mining and infrastructure development in the Amazon Basin, Cantagallo grew into an important center of indigenous identity and culture in Peru’s capital — an example of how an indigenous community could navigate urban life without losing its roots.

This piece was done with the support of The International Reporting Project. Read the rest of it here