Please note this is simply an edited version of the previous update as necessary changes had to be made to the post.
Hello friends, supporters, backers, wonderful human beings!
This update could not come at a more perfect time. Yesterday marked Indigenous Peoples Day, recognizing and commemorating the continual fight of indigenous communities all over the world to protect their ancestral lands, livelihood and culture.
It is with great pleasure that I send you this fascinating and detailed update on the Amahauca documentary project!
Click here: www.katherineneedles.com/blog to go directly to the report brought to you from Chris Hewlett, the anthropologist responsible for making this documentary project a possibility. It is Chris who came up with the concept for re-documenting the Amahuaca fifty years after the famous photojournalist Cornell Capa ventured into the jungle to learn about the community. This report will give you an in-depth look at the Amahuaca's story, the inspiration for the project, the context for Chris' ethnographic field work and a stronger insight into the future of the project itself. Please take this opportunity to learn more about the Amahuaca and what we are trying to do for them. This is my first and favorite photo of Chris from my trip to the Amazon. Pictured here, he sits overlooking the Urubamba river from the port of Atalaya, Ucayali as we discussed our initial plans for my first trip up to the village.
In other news, we are beginning to take some great steps in building a stronger team of people around the cause. In fact our friends Erik Levin, a linguist/anthropologist based out of the University of Chicago will be focused on his fieldwork working with the Amahuaca as well as learning about what is happening on the ground in relation to the Amahuaca's rights against oil companies and carbon creditors. By meeting with necessary representatives from local, regional and national groups and organizations who are influential in protecting these communities, we hope to attain a deeper insight and bring to the surface more relevant news and updates to a wider audience from the field.
Please look out for the very first publication of the Amahuaca photos in the upcoming issue/chapter of the alternative and underground magazine Frank 151 due to come out mid November! (www.frank151.com)
As for the next step here in New York City, plans to have the images printed and exhibited alongside Cornell Capa's photos are in the works. We are beginning the proposal writing and reaching out to relevant contacts to make that possible (if anyone has any relevant feedback or contacts to support this initiative we are grateful for your input)!
Finally, if you have financially supported this project please be sure to secure your rewards by emailing me separately (www.katherineneedles.com/contact) your requests based on your Kickstarter pledges. I know some of you have done this already and I appreciate your patience. I have not forgotten you.
I look forward to hearing from you all and once again thank you so much for making all of this possible. Our gratitude is unending.
Katherine Needles and Chris Hewlett