There are no roads to get to the Cree community of Whapmagoostui, Pakesso's home, or to Sarayaku, Eriberto' community. To both of them, you arrive by plane or by the river.
Arriving Sarayaku by plane one can see an emerald forest. It's that way because the people of Sarayaku fought to protect it from oil exploration. They won. But 20 minutes flight from Sarayaku, we can see the roads entering the forest and where there are roads, there are a lot of deforestation.
Sarayaku was offered...
KONNECTED CREW WITH THE GUALINGA FAMILY
It was such an honor to be welcomed into their home. Long conversations about ancient stories of the Sarayaku, ceremonies that started at around 03.00 am, walking into the forest to see them working on their patch of land were unforgettable moments.
Eriberto Benedicto Gualinga of the Sarayaku people is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and musician whose lifework is to tell the political and social stories of his people as they face off against oil companies infringing on their territorial rights. Residing in the central Ecuadorian Amazon, the Sarayaku community comprises around 1,200 indigenous Kichwa people who boast one of the most successful histories of defending their land from resource extraction. Last year marked a new chapter in thei...