Fishing on Bobonaza River

SARAYAKU, Ecuador, 1 July 2015 – This is one of the more extraordinary scenes I captured during my three-week visit to the Ecuadoran Amazon. Here, in the autonomous, indigenous region of Sarayaku, Kichwa Indians of the seven communities that make up the region join a fishing expedition on the Bobonaza River. Members of the communities […]

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Gear to Go

WASHINGTON, DC, 8 July 2015 — I’ve received a number of messages about the equipment I took recently to the Ecuadoran Amazon. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m not a “gear head.” But it’s important to keep up with the technology that enables us to do our work and to compete. So I’ll take a bit […]

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BOBONAZA RIVER, Ecuador, 29 June 2015 — On the journey to the indigenous region of Sarayaku deep in the Ecuadoran Amazon, I took a five-hour canoe ride down the Bobonaza River. I saw dozens of canoes, run mostly by male “pilotos” and “punteros” (pilots and pointers.) A female pilot was somewhat of a rarity. This […]

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The Epicenter of Resistance

CANELOS, Ecuador, 29 June 2015 — This is how my journey to the epicenter of indigenous resistance to oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon began — a five-hour canoe ride down the Bobonaza River in Ecuador’s “Oriente” region, rich in oil and other natural resources. I traveled to Sarayaku, an autonomous region of this South […]

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Bangkok Workshop #4 Launches

BANGKOK, Thailand, 21 May 2015 — Bangkok Backpack Video Journalism Workshop #4 opened with a “here’s what it looks like” screening of “Chain Gang,” the first piece I did when I began practicing this craft. It has served me well ever since. For more information about my live or online workshops, see and, […]

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Bangkok Workshop N. 3 Ends

BANGKOK, Thailand, 17 May 2015 — Workshop No. 3 in Bangkok ends with a photo of a terrific group of young journalists. Thank you all.  

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