On September 5th, 2019 I flew to Bogota, Colombia from Denver Colorado. The initial aim of the journey was to simply make my way into the Amazon rain forest and to help document the indigenous way of life surrounding the jungle as well as the day to day hardships. As the fires in the Northeastern Brazilian area of the Amazon were burning with a new ferocity catalyzed by the newly elected president Bolsanaro.
After spending two weeks in Bogota, Colombia familiarizing myself with the Spanish language and South American culture, I had begun to see that what I had intended on creating would be much more intensive of a process that would require much more information and support than I initially had considered.
The next five weeks I traveled through the Amazon rain forest beginning in Leticia, Colombia (along the frontera or border of Brazil, Peru, and Colombia), eventually making my way in to Iquitos, Peru via boat down the Amazon river and ending up spending a couple weeks in Pucallpa, Peru in which I had connected and spent time with an amazing NGO (non-government organization) of Alianza Arkana who work with the Shipibo-Konibo communities along with reforestation efforts and overall cultural and ancestral conservation.