Amazon Footprints

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A bunch of freshly-picked urucum (which means "red" in a local indian language) lying beneath a tree. The seeds were ground into a red powder and used as a colouring and to add a light spicy taste in cooking dishes such as fish soup. It was also used as make-up, a sun protection and as an antidode against manioc-poisioning. Villagers along the Tapajos river lived from fruit and vegetable harvested from the rainforest but suffered the effects of deforestation  as the rainforest was cleared by illegal logging and burning for cattle ranching and growing soy beans for export.