Welcome to our 2013 project: VCP is working with the Xikrin tribe of the Brazilian Amazon to document lifestyles and traditions affected by the construction of the Belo Monte Mega-dam. We just arrived in Altamira, a city on the Xingu River’s Big Bend, where we will be basing operations this spring and summer. Over the next year, we will be working closely with the Xikrin people—first locally as we conduct interviews, make recordings, take photographs, and complete our documentary research. Then we’ll create articles, a photo book, advocacy pieces, lesson plans, and more, explaining what’s at stake for the Xikrin. Our goal is to raise awareness of this incredible culture, advocate for solutions that protect their unique way of life, and support locally led cultural initiatives dedicated to safeguarding cultural values and practices in this extremely difficult time of change.
We’ve created a page that describes the Xikrin and the threats they face. It will be updated periodically with new work. We’ll also be posting images, quotes, stories, and facts to our Facebook page and Donor Blog. Please stay tuned!
Now that we’re in the new year, we decided to review VCP’s work from the past year to illuminate our accomplishments and figure out how we’d like to deepen our impact in 2013. Below is a summary of our work in 2012. Thanks to your support and contributions, we were able to make an enormous impact! Let’s continue to grow and do good for the world together!
The Vanishing Cultures Project’s second book has landed, and we invite you to celebrate its release with us!
If you’re in the New York area, stop by Creel and Gow, a fascinating Upper East Side “curio cabinet,” to view some of VCP’s best photography, drink some wine, and get your discounted copy of “Mongolia’s Nomads” signed by the authors!
Our photo essay on the life of Mongolia’s nomads was recently featured on the Global Oneness Project. All of the images were taken from our book, which is set to be delivered to our door on December 14th. Can’t wait!
His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Syracuse University for the Common Ground for Peace Symposium. We were honored to have our photos from Mustang exhibited during the event.