Guardians of the Forest
Photo and caption by Piers Calvert
Deep in the Colombian Amazon, Yucuna indians stand dressed in traditional tribal attire for the Baile del Muñeco, or puppet dance, a celebration of the abundance of the Chontaduro fruit. Whilst traditional indigenous customs are fast being lost throughout the Amazon jungle, here, far down the Caqueta river and few miles from the Brazilian border, traditions are still very much in tact. The costumes are still made entirely from natural materials, predominantly tree bark, during this three day festival.
Location: Puerto Cordoba, Bajo Rio Caqueta, Amazonas, Colombia