The Surui 50-year plan: against and toward a certain future
Brazil / Development / Natural Resources / Social Media

The Surui 50-year plan: against and toward a certain future

On our lunch break a few weeks ago, members of the Surui Metareilá association gathered around Almir’s tiny MacBook Air to watch his most recent public appearance at a summit in Rio de Janeiro hosted by the publication The Economist. He appeared in a sleek grey sports coat, accented by traditional Paiter Surui necklaces and … Continue reading

Through Almir’s eyes: documenting deforestation in the Surui territory
Brazil / Climate Change / Natural Resources / Research / Technology

Through Almir’s eyes: documenting deforestation in the Surui territory

Here are three things you should never leave home without in the Amazon: water, insect repellent, sunscreen. And if you’re Chief Almir Narayamoga of the Surui, make sure to remember your high-tech video recording sunglasses. New field sites often require weeks of cultivating trust, understanding, and the relationships to yield interesting work. Which is why when I … Continue reading

Ecuador, oil, and indigenous peoples: writing for Global Voices
Ecuador / Natural Resources / Research / Social Issues

Ecuador, oil, and indigenous peoples: writing for Global Voices

 Last week, I visited Sucúa, Morona Santiago to assist with a Shuar radio station –  “La Voz De Arutam”  – that belongs to la FICSH, or the Interprovincial Federation of Shuar Centers in Ecuador. The radio had zero online presence, so I assisted in creating their social media pages, as well as putting their radio … Continue reading