ECUADOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE – Ecuadorian indigenous women draw strength from face-painting tradition

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The Kichwa indigenous women of this community in the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest credit adherence to the ancestral practice of painting their faces with pigment from Wituk and achiote has given them the strength to resist the onslaught of extractive industry that threatens their way of life.

For the inhabitants of Sarayaku, the forest is life itself, and they are resolved to spare no effort in defending Mother Earth.