Glimpses of the communidad Amazonas, in Peru’s Upper Amazon.
I’m travelling back to 2016, thanks to Reza Packravan and his post, yesterday, about his documentary, Transamazonica, and the importance of telling stories largely unrepresented in the mainstream media. It got me thinking (again) about how I can be more than just a tourist, passing through other people’s lives.
Meeting the ribeños of the Amazonas was one of the most intense and humbling experiences of our time in the Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria. But I couldn’t then - and can’t now - hide from the fact that what we paid to spend 10 days on a quietly luxurious riverboat was wealth these people couldn’t even imagine. And this village was, comparatively, well off. They have both a primary and a secondary school, and generator for electricity - when they can afford to run it.
I’ll also never forget the young woman, whose hand-woven carry bag I’d just bought from the village craft market, along with some whimsical jungle creatures she’d made from dried, dyed reeds and grasses.
As we were leaving, she ran up and gave me some bracelets, made from seeds, that she had for sale.
Such a lovely connection. We clasped hands, and I promised myself I would try to keep that connection going. I’d write. I’d do something. But I didn’t, subsumed back into the busyness of life in Sydney at the end of our trip.
Might be time to make good on that promise to myself, even if it’s taken two years.
@rezapackravan, I’ve no idea why you’re following my little feed but thanks for doing so. Glad I was introduced to your work 🇵🇪
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