Langelle’s Portraits of Struggle
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIU-C)
Langelle also will be a Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer
On the Rio Pis Pis (1997) photo: Orin Langelle
Nicaragua: Indigenous Mayangna traveling by panga (dugout canoe) on the Rio Pis Pis in the Bosawas Reserve in Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region. At the time the Bosawas rainforest was the largest rainforest north of the Amazon Basin. Illegal logging has devastated the rainforest’s biodiversity and Indigenous Peoples.
A 1997 action at the Nicaraguan Embassy in Washington, DC to protest the logging of the Bosawas was widely publicized in Nicaragua and led to the Nicaraguan government cancelling a 150,000 hectare illegal logging concession on Indigenous Mayangna land in the Bosawas. Illegal logging continues, threatening the lifeways of the peoples who depend on it.