Guyana, South America

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  • Guyana, South America
    Documentary Photography,  January 2010
  • Guyana, SouthAmerica is a place now close to my heart. I traveled to Guyana withLesley University to
    study the ecology of the plants and people in thisbeautiful place. Home of friendly indigenous Amerindians, this 80% prestigious rainforest only has one national park, and is in danger of exploitation by mining, logging, and the selling of wildlife. I stayedat Rewa Eco-lodge, supporting the native people by tourism, because one can only capture and sell a parrot once for captivity, but one can sell that parrot an infinite amount to tourists who capture that parrot onlywith a camera lens.

    After meeting with Guyana's Human Services Minister, Priya Manickchand,
    this project has been featured on:

    The Caribbean News
    Guyana's Stabroek News
  •     Two Amerindian sisters in the most secluded village of Apoteri.
        Cassava is grown on sustainable farmland, where forest is burnt,allowed to decompose to give the otherwise sandy
        soil nutrients,farmed, and then allowed to grow back into forest. Here, a family gathers around cassava roots to peel    
        them before they are shredded and strained of their poisonous cyanide, allowing the otherwise inedible plant to be the    
        main source of fiber for the Amerindians.
  •      Jaguar paw prints
        Vultures can be seen soaring above the rivers and in the savannas of Guyana.
  •      A pair of parrots.
  •       In Guyana this is called a "Scissor Tail"
        Victoria amazonica. Some of the largest water lillies, these were average four feet diameter.
  •      Cats and dogs are common pets in Guyana.
        Purpleheart wood,dug-out canoes are still the main way to travel the rivers, comparableto our highways, and are made
        from one solid trunk, taking one man oneto two months of solid work to make by hand.