The Huaorani tribe has only 4 thousand people. They live in the jungles of eastern Ecuador, feed on monkeys that hunters shoot by blowing poisoned needles from special pipes, cook food on a fire and do not know other clothes except loincloths. Even their feet have evolved differently from the rest of humanity - they are completely flat in the Huorani, because it is more convenient to climb trees in pursuit of monkeys.
There are no restaurants or shops in the jdzhd forests of Ecuador. Therefore, if a representative of the Huaorani tribe wants to eat, he will have to take a long hunting pipe and shoot a monkey with it. Huaorani, no worse than monkeys, move through the trees and are able to hang on branches for hours in ambush in anticipation of primates, who are killed by poisonous arrows blown out of special pipes.
The Huaorani tribe has less than 4 thousand people. The limited genetic composition, coupled with constant climbing trees, led to the fact that the tribe developed a special, completely flat foot shape. Many Huorani have six toes and six toes.
The basis of their diet is monkey meat. In addition, they eat meat from bakers and toucans, as well as herbs and fruits that women collect in the forest.
Successful hunting: Monkey meat is the main food of the Huorani.
Bakers are even more enviable prey: the meat of a large animal lasts for a long time. Peccary is a wild pig that is widespread in South America.
The Huaorani live not far from the Rio Napo, a river that flows into the mighty Amazon in nearby Peru. British photographer Pete Oxford, who took the photographs, says: “The Huaorani are forest people living in harmony with the surrounding nature. Today, they are in danger of radical changes in their traditional culture, as oil production has begun near their territory. In addition, the Yasuni National Park and Biosphere Reserve is located next to them. However, while they still eat monkeys and bakers, shooting them with their pipes and stabbing them with spears."
The Huaorani, which are also often called "Waorani" or "Vaos", is a tribe of American Indians that has lived on its territory for centuries. Their language is unlike any other, including the Cuecha language widespread in Ecuador.
“In my lifetime, the world has witnessed a massive decline in the number of indigenous cultures and their accumulated knowledge. We are becoming more and more alike. It worries me. One of the main joys for me is spending time with people who are not like me. I always remember that when I find myself in a tribe with habits and customs alien to me, in fact, at that moment the stranger is me, not them."
The Huaorani retained the traditional gender distribution of roles: the men of the tribe go hunting, and the women raise children.
Ecuador is home to over 300 species of monkeys, and none of them are threatened with decline, so hunting them does not harm the ecosystem.
Due to the constant climbing of trees and frequent sibling marriages, the feet of the Huorani differ from the feet of most people on Earth - they are spread out and flat, moreover, they often have six toes.
Hunters of the tribe do not hesitate to get toucans: the Indians are happy to eat them.
But parrots are not food for the huaorani: they are happy to keep them as pets.
“The tribe received me with all the hospitality they could possibly get,” says Pete Oxford. “They offered me everything they had. Unfortunately, I could not answer them in kind. I lived in a small tent and locked it up. The Huorani perceived my computer cables as an excellent suspension for bakers to hang on, but without them I could not work."
Children eagerly watch as a woman cooks a whole baker over an open fire.
The man makes a necklace from bird feathers. Tribe members make little money by selling souvenirs to tourists.
Like many South American Indians, the Huaorani have a custom of stretching their earlobes and wearing earrings made from pieces of bone or wood. This fashion is common among both men and women.
Grandmother and grandson. The grandmother owes the size of her ears to her long-term habit of massive earrings.
“I don't like the fact that humanity is gradually becoming homogeneous,” says Pete Oxford. “Therefore, I try to preserve information about ancient cultures for our descendants.”