In 2016, the Koman Kenia lake was invaded by illegal loggers. They entered with heavy machines to cut down the giant Shihuahuacos trees, throwing the branches into the water. The huge amount of wood and other waste were washed away with the current until the entrance to the Koman Kenia lake was blocked. For more than a year, the Shipibo-Conibo of the community of Grau, people of the forest, could not enter the lake with their boats.
Since the Peruvian government does not intervene in conflicts with illegal loggers, the indigenous people stand alone in defending their territory and its ecosystem.
A year later, with newly acquired tools, the indigenous people opened the entrance to the lake, cleaning everything in its surroundings. Then they built a hut to stay and guard it.
According to their story, Lake Koman Kenia is their place of origin. They say the land rose up and flew away.
This is how the Shipibo-Conibo indigenous people of the Peruvian Amazon remember their origin. They tell of a beautiful bushy tree that lived at the foot of the river, that when the birds posed to eat its fruits, they threw themselves like fish and swam in the river. And that when the fruits fell into the water, the fish jumped into the air, transforming themselves into birds.
A boy who was observing the scene came and took the fruits to plant them around his village. Later, the earth began to tremble until it rose into the sky. Those who were returning from fishing witnessed how the village was blown away with its people.
So in its place, a huge lake of mighty waters appeared: Koman Kenia.
Cumancaya, Ucayali, Peru 2016 - 2018