Ese’Eja elder Matteo Viaeja wears his traditional cloth made out of the bark of the yanchama tree. His actual cloth pictured here will be on display at the Ese’Eja exhibition (list dates and location-TBA).

In the words of one Ese’Eja elder, Mateo Viaeja, “We are the ancient owners of this land because we were the first to come down from the sky. Without the forest, there is no life… and no Ese’Eja.”