When living with indigenous communities, you come to realise how much we can learn from them and the numerous vital aspects of life we have left behind in our advanced civilisations. In the end, despite their many hardships, they are free and we are not.
Five communities opened their doors to us to collaborate with them. We, being welcomed into their homes, listened to them speak about their needs, pressures, deforestation and cultural erosion. We helped them build nurseries for every community and worked on their land collecting and exchanging seeds, planting trees. We guided them in permaculture techniques, and with them, we coordinated an ambitious program of primary forest mapping. Being enveloped in the cacophony and sheer density of life in the Amazon was a turning point. Not only a revelation on the exuberance and dangers of the jungle, but an insight into the relevance of regenerating these ancestral territories and their culture.
This experience has been possible thanks to Yakum, a nonprofit organisation empowering indigenous
communities to lead rainforest regeneration and conservation to combat climate change.
Photos and words by Alejandra Muñoz Santos
Edited by Laura Beneyto