As Amazonia loses many of its indigenous cultures, their deep understanding of the interconnectedness of nature is also disappearing. The Ese’Eja, one of the few extant foraging societies of Peru, have been stewards of the lands in the Amazon basin for thousands of years. Although their cultural history and spiritual connection to the forest is profound, beyond their community it is known only to a small number of specialists. This exhibition tells their story in the hope of influencing public policy and empowering the Ese’Eja in determining their future.
As you all know, not all street photography takes place on carefully paved city streets. It could be argued that street photography consists of simply documenting people or the objects they construct in the places they live and work. Which is why we think this exhibit by University Museums has an exceptional collection of images that fulfill the purpose of street photography – they document important moments in history that might not repeat themselves in the future.
The exhibit of the Ese’Eja people of the Amazon is one that features a group of people who live, work and play deep in the Amazon. Their environment might not be strictly rural nor urban, but the exhibit captures their lifestyle for what it is, where it is. If you are in the area, be sure to check out the stunning portraits of the Ese’Eja people, their villages and their lifestyle.
The exhibit is being held from August 31 – December 9, 2016. The gallery is located at the Old College Gallery on 18 East Main St. in Newark, DE. Gallery hours are as follows: