Merel, stylish as always.
Sunglasses borrowed from Clarins to match the sun shawl.
The river port that is the gateway to the Saamaka.
Merel and Silicia at Tappawatra Falls
Yes, it's Merel
The sign names one of the rooms at the hostel that Merel has been helping to organize.
Bush trail damaged by logging
Belé's New Canoe
Travelling by Canoe
Javeh, Clarins and Ida.
Striped Barbados Lily
The bush tracks are pretty rough and were a challenge in the dark.
Fork in the Road
It's the track on the left. No! I mean the right, I think... Fortunately our guide knew the way.
Pineapple Maountain jungle view.
The 'mountain' rises about 30m above the jungle floor.
Casava bread baking
Silicia with the chief baker
A carved calabash bowl.
Silicia tries her hand at sanding a carved bowl using a 'sandpaper leaf'.
The entrance to the Saamaka Museum.
Beautiful, intricately carved entrance doors.
Merel in front of a tranditional hut.
Big trees are sacred and never cut down. They stand out because all the not-so-big trees around it have been cut down.
Wood carving underway.
Tree on rock.
Silicia with Belé's son and Belé
The dead trees still stand.
Evening over Brokopondo Lake
The hills under Brokopondo Lake have become islands.
His skill negotiating the rapids was awesome.
Teenager with Sloth
Local wildlife experts are discouraging locals from taking wild sloths and displaying them this way.
Ida catches piranha any way she can!
Silicia catches a piranha
The log on the left is the hull and Javeh is planing the solid timber that will become the sides.
Silicia and children.
Silicia and Javeh
Ida stringing her hamock
Those red eyes are uinmistakable, as are the teeth!
A rare smile from our indefatigable captain.
Merel in the Jungle.
Silicia takes in the dawn.
Young man carving an aluminium plate
His only tools are a pencil and a sharpened screwdriver.
The finished plate
Silicia helps out with the baking.
Belé and family.
Orchid on Pineapple Mountain.
View from Pineapple Mountain
We were just in time to catch the dawn.
A Calabash tree
The fruit has a hard shell which is used as a bowl. The pulpy insides are inedible and have no value.
Cactus on Pineapple Mountain
The Saamaka are consumate woodworkers.
An evening meal.
We were well fed on mostly traditional foods.
Their wings are clipped and they are kept as curiosities.
River and jungle.
Except where there is a village, the bush meets the river with no open spaces.
Belé hides under checkered shawl.