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Claudia Andujar

Claudia Andujar: Photographing the fragile way of life of the indigenous Yanomami people

Amazonian Yanomami shaman Davi Kopenawa wrote his 2013 book The Falling Sky: “A path of light opened before my eyes and unknown beings came towards me. “They had the appearance of tiny human beings with black saki tails around their foreheads and their hair covered in white down feathers. They approached with slow movements, in a blinding light, waving young palm leaves.”Kopenawa is describing seeing xapiripë, ancestral spirits of the Yanomami indigenous people living deep in the rainforests. Shamans such as Kopenwana reach the xapiripë with a hallucinogenic snuff called yakoana, which brings on a trance-like state. Kopenawa describes the xapiripë...
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