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Authorities In Brazil Are Investigating If Gold Miners Are Responsible For Killing An Uncontacted Amazonian Tribe

A man bragged about killing members of an uncontacted Brazilian tribe for the purpose of mining gold and one person caught the conversation on audiotape.

Brazilian authorities are looking into an alleged massacre of an indigenous tribe near the Brazilian border with Peru and Colombia. According to The Washington Post, Brazilian authorities only know about the incident because a group of gold miners allegedly bragged about the massacre at a bar. They even had pieces of jewelry and tools from the tribe to back up their claim. There were 10 tribe members where the miners were located, and, according to their own admission at the bar, they killed all of them. The Washington Post explains that there isn’t a lot of information about the tribe due to their reclusive nature but there have been steps taken to protect the different tribes in the Brazilian Amazon. However, The New York Times reports that since Michel Temer has become president of Brazil, the amount of funding to protect and monitor indigenous peoples and their lands has been severely slashed. The budget cuts to indigenous affairs has led to the closure of five of the 19 bases responsible for preventing miners and loggers from invading indigenous lands and harming the people living there.

“If these reports are confirmed, [Brazilian President Michel Temer] and his government bear a heavy responsibility for this genocidal attack,” Stephen Corry, the director for Survival International, told The Washington Post. He added: “All these tribes should have had their lands properly recognized and protected years ago — the government’s open support for those who want to open up indigenous territories is utterly shameful, and is setting indigenous rights in Brazil back decades.”

You can read more about the investigation into the killing of this tribe here.

(H/T: The Washington Post)


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Photographer Diego Huerta Took An Update Photo Of The Most Beautiful Girl In Mexico

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Photographer Diego Huerta Took An Update Photo Of The Most Beautiful Girl In Mexico

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Diego Huerta is a photographer who has used his talents and time to document indigenous communities to preserve the culture and history. One of Huerta’s most famous photos was one of a young girl that he called the most beautiful girl in Mexico. He recently shared a new photo of the girl as a woman.

Diego Huerta shared an updated photo of the most beautiful girl woman in Mexico.

Huerta first met the girl when he was traveling through Mexico years ago. The first photo, posted in 2016 but taken in 2011, highlighted the young woman that he dubbed the most beautiful girl in Mexico. The latest photo shows the girl grown up and still living in her same pueblo in 2017. She is still a stunning reminder of the beauty that exists in southern Mexico.

The woman lives in Chiapas, the last Mexican state before entering Central America by way of Guatemala. There are multiple indigenous communities in Chiapas. While Huerta does not mention the indigenous community the woman belongs to, the clothing appears to represent the Zoque people.

The woman is still creating wander and interest among Huerta’s fans.

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Her quiet and still composure makes her seem like a Mexican Mona Lisa, tbh. Her stoic face in the photographs has captivated Huerta fans for years. The first photo of the young woman was seen around the world and her beauty was celebrated by everyone who saw the photo.

The young girl’s eyes are what drew in the love and praise from people around the world.

Huerta made it a point to call out the young girl’s eyes in the photo. It isn’t because of the color of her eyes. He was intrigued by her eyes because she is deaf and her eyes are one of the ways she is able to communicate with the world around her.

“In my journey through South Mexico, in a town located in the middle of the Chiapas’ mountains I found the most brilliant eyes that I have ever seen,” Huerta wrote in the original post. “The beauty of this girl was similar to the panoramic views I was able to appreciate every time I turned around. She´s deaf, the way to communicate with her was by signs. It is no mystery that the beauty of the true Mexican woman is way above all beauty contests.”

People are obsessing over her beauty that seems to improve with age.

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Nine years makes a big difference in a young person’s development. It can be the difference between 11 and 20, which is a huge difference. Her silent beauty is proof that indigenous communities hold some of the most beautiful people in the world. There is no reason to praise and adhere to Euro-centric beauty standards.

The Instagram posted is filled with messages of appreciation celebrating the photo and the young woman we saw grow up.

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Huerta currently has a documentary about the Tehuana people in Oaxaca. His photographs and film collection highlighting and exalting the indigenous community of Mexico is beautiful and necessary. He is collecting an important and vibrant part of human history by giving the first people to inhabit the land a chance to shine and show who Mexico truly is.

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Photographer Diego Huerta Is Giving Everyone A Look Into The Tehuana Culture In Oaxaca, Mexico

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Photographer Diego Huerta Is Giving Everyone A Look Into The Tehuana Culture In Oaxaca, Mexico

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Tehuana culture is rich in colors, traditions, and vibrantly patterned clothing. Diego Huerta, a photographer, has spent a lot of his time traveling throughout Mexico photographing indigenous people to preserve their history, culture, and customs. His love for Oaxaca was so powerful that he created a documentary celebrating the women.

Photographer Diego Huerta is highlighting the Tehuana woman in a documentary about the Oaxacan people.

The Tehuana traditional clothing is a very identifiable look. Frida Kahlo made the Tehuana style her signature look. The black and white dress with brightly colored flowers embroidered on the dress is something we have all seen.

For Huerta, being a Tehuana woman is like being a goddess.

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Tehuana. Santo Domingo Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. 2017

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In the documentary, Huerta calls being a Tehuana woman similar to being a goddess.

“The Tehuana woman is a goddess, a queen,” Huerta says in the documentary.

“Tehuana is all of that,” an elderly woman responds. “It’s a set of feelings and ideas and creativity too. Survival, fight, courage.”

Indigenous communities around the world are often under attack and are a vulnerable population.

Currently, COVID-19 is threatening several indigenous communities around the world with extinction. These communities are not immune to many common western ailments and a disease we have no immunity too could cause untold damage to indigenous communities. For some, it could mean total extinction.

Huerta has been working to tell the stories of these indigenous Mexican communities to immortalize their culture and legacy for years to come.

The photographer’s work has captivated audiences around the world who have never seen or experienced these cultures. His work will no doubt live on to tell the stories of some of the most celebrated First Nations people in Mexico.

You can watch the full trailer for “Tehuana” below.

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