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IN People ON 08 Dec, 2015
The great Amazon rainforest has been having a rough time for quite a while now ever since humans started to destroy parts of it. Activities like mining, illegal logging, excessive logging, and dam constructions for the sake of money, greed and developing the needs of modern society. Thankfully, some of the rich, human culture (aside from the great animals and plans there) still exist for people to appreciate the differences people have when it comes to location, belief, practice and sheer contrast in ways of living. This is the story of the Awa Amazon tribe who are still one with nature, unlike us.
Found in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil, the Awa tribe are still thankfully around even with the colonialists and illegal dwellers pestering them.
About 500 years ago, tens of thousands of people belonging to the Awa Tribe lived in the Maranhao state, but now, only 300 of them remain.
The squirrels in turn assist the Awa tribe by breaking open nuts and going high up trees to gather fruits.
While these remaining members of the Awa tribe have been secured by the concerned groups from modern society, photographer Domenico Pugliese was lucky enough to have stayed with them for quite some time to understand them and for the tribe to see how other people are. He met them first in 2009.
Since animals are treated as family, children are always raised alongside wild animals who get adopted by the Awa tribe.
Domenico Pugliese met the Awa tribe thanks to the suggestion of a journalist and an anthropologist to travel with them to see the area of the tribe in the Amazon, which was actually unprotected back then.
When Domenico first met them, the Awa tribe members were completely puzzled at the sight of a strange human. Of course, they were not able to directly communicate each other -- even a handshake was weird. But of course, there was a great sense of curiosity coming from the Awa tribe too.
The Awa tribe actually attempted to give Domenico some life advice since for them it is incredibly weird for a grown man to be single and not have a family.
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