Our friend Mitch Anderson at Amazon Watch travels to the Achuar territory.

For centuries the Achuar people have lived in harmony with the Amazon rainforest.  But now, the unrelenting drive for oil has reached the deepest regions of their territory.  Canadian oil company Talisman Energy has already cleared hundred of kilometers of seismic lines in the northern Peruvian Amazon — and is now beginning to drill exploratory wells.

This is a photo essay from a recent trip into the territory of a fierce, beautiful people defending their lands against the threat of oil development.

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All photos © Mitch Anderson.



13.An Achuar war dance ceremony: The Achuar inaugurate the meeting with a traditional war dance and "interview", where the visitors speak with the hosts in a ritualized, rythmic speech justifying their reasons for coming.