The northern Ecuadorian Amazon, encompassing the provinces of Sucumbíos and Orellana, is home to five indigenous tribal groups: the Cofán, Secoya, Siona, Kichwa, and Waorani.
Decades of oil extraction, colonization, forced religious conversion, and deforestation have had a profound impact on the rainforest and its indigenous cultures. Yet, amidst the destruction, these peoples fight to hold on to their cultures, their rainforest, and their dignity.
The ClearWater project presents 10 portraits from this incredible and rapidly changing region.
This post was produced by our friends at ClearWater, an indigenous-led movement for clean water and cultural survival in the Ecuadorian Amazon.