For the past 5 days, our group has gone “back to the basics” and enjoyed a lovely homestay with the indegneous settlement of Boca Pariamanu at the mouth of the Madre de Dios river. Guided by Chris from Fauna Forever, we participated in a range of activities with the community such as fishing, harvesting brazil nuts, hiking and basket weaving. We also had some time to bond with members of the community through afternoon volleyball and sports matches that . From the minute we arrived, we felt very welcome with the smiles, waves and greetings from the locals.
There are many valuable lessons that we took from our time with the community.Simply taking the time to relax after a day’s work and enjoying the company of our neighbours is something that we could all benefit from in our home communities. The rich cultural history that is kept alive through storytelling demonstrates how many indigenous groups strive to keep their cultures alive, even in the face of adversity. We hope to learn more from the other indigenous communities that we will visit over the course of the trip.