Huaorani Indian woman - Konta ñamaronko making a shigra. Gabaro Community. Yasuni National Park.
Amazon rainforest, ECUADOR. South America
Shigras are hand-knotted bags made from a fibre extracted from a palm leaf. The fibre is dryed and sun bleached before being rolled into sting for either bags or a thicker version for hammocks.
She has the typical stretched ear lobes common amoung the Huaorani. They often wear balsa ear plugs.
This Indian tribe were basically uncontacted until 1956 when missionaries from the Summer Institute of Linguistics made contact with them. However there are still some groups from the tribe that remain uncontacted. They are known as the Tagaeri. Traditionally these Indians were very hostile and killed many people who tried to enter into their territory. Their territory is in the Yasuni National Park which is now also being exploited for oil.