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Guardians of the Forest - Yucuna indians, deep in the Colombian Amazon, dressed in their traditional suits for the Baile del Mueco, or Puppet Dance, in which they celebrate the abundance of the chonta
Four Yucuna tribesmen stand dressed for the Baile del Muñeco, or “puppet dance,” an annual event during which they celebrate the abundance of the chontaduro fruit. “They are standing strong amidst the trees, both its protectors and its guardians, in a time of enormous pressure on the environment,” says Calvert, who photographed them with a Hasselblad HD311.
||© Piers Calvert