THE GREAT CHACO
"Great and eerily silent forests with dense trees intertwined with huge vines, ... are reflected in the stagnant waters of the marshes populated by marvellous aquatic plants. It is a nature that makes a strong impression, and I will never forget it, even if I live for a thousand years."
Who are the indigenous peoples?
In recent years, several groups have preferred to call themselves "original peoples" to emphasise that they have lived on this continent since time immemorial and that Europeans did not arrive until the end of the 15th century. What is important is not so much the name, which can be considered a simple label, but the substance and the meaning of these minority presences, often deprived of visibility, unprotected, marginalised and opposed, in the globalised world.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE PIONEERS
In the Chaco, the memory of the pioneers who travelled across these territories in the 19th and 20th centuries and came into contact with the indigenous peoples is still alive. Thanks to them, cultural goods from that period are still conserved in European museums today.