Society

Indigenous lives during Covid-19, through a camera lens

Genilson Guajajara has become one of the leading references in documenting the daily cultures and struggles of Brazil's indigenous communities

Photo courtesy of Genilson Guajajara

Upon reaching adulthood, Genilson Guajajara set himself a mission to help his indigenous people. It was only after discovering photography, by way of a course offered in his Amazonian village, that he found his true calling. At 24 years old, he embarked on a career as a photographer and documentary filmmaker.

Born and raised in the village of Piçarra Preta, on the Rio Pindaré indigenous reserve in the northeastern Brazilian state of Maranhão, Genilson uses an entry-level camera and mid-range smartphone to capture the everyday life of his community, as well as denouncing threats to his people and...

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