|Two members of the Orejones people in traditional dress.|
|The century-old photo which started Calvert on his trek.|
In another century, will they still be here?
The Cero Galeria's Director Leonor Uribe Joseph said that Calvert had had difficulties finding a place to show his photos, but that she leapt on the opportunity because "We love Colombian subjects," she said.
The photos are beautiful, but also haunting to me. My mind gives them a ghostlike quality because
|Fearing the future? An Embera woman covers her eyes.|
Indigenous people, selling handicrafts or begging, are a common sight on the avenues of Bogotá and other cities. Far from their culture and traditions, what sort of future can they expect in the city, whose language, ways of life, vices and temptations are so new and strange for people who may have just left a stone age existence?
I also wonder what these unsophisticated people thot of this strange-looking white man coming to point his machines at them. Why did they pose? Were they just trying to be nice? Or did they also want to leave a record of their threatened culture?
Or, perhaps, many are westernized, speak Spanish and watch telenovelas on TV, but painted themselves and pulled out the old costumes to please the photographer.
Calvert's photos are scheduled to be displayed in Cero Gallery until May 24, after which they'll go to the Museo de Oro (Gold Museum) in La Candelaria, and then to the Museum of Regional Dress, also in La Candelaria.
|Emerging from the jungle - or taking refuge?|
|Orejones wearing elaborate headdresses.|
|Embera girls. Many of the indigenous people seen begging on Bogotá's street are Emberas, forced from their traditional lands by violence.|
|A Wayuu girl. The Wayuu people live on the desert Guajira peninsula, which is divided between Colombia and Venezuela. The Wayuus, who are great traders, are among the indigenous people who have fared best in Western society.|
|Cero Galeria Director Leonor Uribe.|
|A Cubea girl in Western dress.|
|A Nukak girl. The Nukaks are a nomadic people, and the lines on their faces are said to help them penetrate the jungle.|
|A Wayuu girl.|
|The photo on the left shows the back of an Embera girl.|
|The Cero Galeria also displays very different kinds of art, including this painting of a corner on Calle 13, in Bogotá's cell phone district.|
|A winged chair and two photos of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours