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The Ese'Eja People of the Amazon

  • Embassy of Peru 1700 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

A Photographic Exhibit of one of the Amazon's last indigenous cultures

Believed to have descended from the sky on a thread of cotton, the Ese’Eja are one of the world’s last remaining foraging Amazonian cultures, and they are disappearing.

They live in three communities along the Madre de Dios, Heath, and Tambopata rivers; the nearest city is Puerto Maldonado in Southeastern Peru.

The Interoceanic Highway, which passes through Puerto Maldonado connecting ports in Brazil to those in Peru, has brought 30,000 miners and loggers to the area surrounding the Ese’Eja lands. Their operations are threatening the Ese’Eja’s way of life.