Nukak Maku: Stuck between Worlds

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Nukak Maku: Stuck between Worlds

Guaviare department, Colombia – September 2009

The Nukak Maku people, a nomadic indian tribe from Amazonia, were violently driven out of the jungle by the Colombian guerilla and paramilitary squads. Since the time of the first contact, more than a half of Nukak have died of the western diseases like flu. Now, roughly cut off their original tribal lifestyle in refugee camps, they stuck between worlds. They learn from the (mainly Christian) aid workers to use clothes, to listen to the radio, to beg for money despite the fact they do not understand these concepts. Although their digestion suffer, they love to eat sweets, cookies and other western food. They have hunted out all the animals around and now there is nothing left for them. Nukak can not return to the jungle, their world has already passed through an irreversible change.

Photography by Jan Sochor
Sound recorded by Richard Ranft – “Sounds Of The Rainforest” (2009) – British Library

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