Children of the Nanay

To find answers to the question What it is like to grow up in the jungle is the main reason I travelled down from the comfort of the San Francisco Bay Area to Iquitos, Peru and then onward in early spring 2012.

The children of the Nanay river, or Río Nanay, a tributary of the Amazon that snakes northward from Iquitos, grow up in small traditional communities of people who live off of the jungle in the form of agriculture and logging. During the two weeks I was in the area, I interviewed a number of kids ranging in age from around six to the end of their teens. Their view of their upbringing generally involved following their parents paths with few intentions to deviate from the well worn paths of their lives.

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