Paul Patrick Borhaug is a photographer and writer from Norway, who primarily works on environmental, political and cultural issues. His images has been published by National Geographic, The New York Times, United Nations , Huffington Post,...
Two Matsés children are seen in front of the river that runs past their village of Santa Rosa.
"The river is as vital to our lives as our veins. Do the oil company not think we indians drink water", asks a Matsés woman collecting water nearby. "The river gives us drinking water and fish. The forest gives us food, medicine and building materials. This will secure the future of our children and their children again."
Tapiche. A river so full of minerals it reflects the overhanging rainforest in Tapiche - an area which is a proposed reserve for uncontacted indians living in voluntary isloation. It is also one of the most biodiverse areas in the world.
Caterpillar. A purple-haired caterpillar is seen in Tapiche - one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and an area which is a proposed reserve for uncontacted indians living in voluntary isloation.
Plant Medicine. A Matsés man collects plant medicine. The Matsés are experts on forest plants and their remedial properties. Currently their knowledge of medicinal plants is being compiled in a book in co-operation with the organization Acaté Amazon Conservation.
A Matsés man who is a spokesperson for the Matsés political organization in Peru, the Junta Directivo, is seen posing with a traditional spear. The Matsés say they will wage war against the oil company if they must, in order to protect their forest, rivers and "uncontacted brothers and sisters" living in voluntary isolation in the forest.
The Matsés are an indigenous people whose territories are divided by the Brazil-Peru border in the remote Amazon. The tribe is currently experiencing a threat from multinational oil companies which are planning to drill for oil in the Matsés legally-titled 490,000 hectare indigenous territory. The tribe vehemently opposes the planned oil exploration and are prepared to fight companies with bows, arrows and spears to keep them out.