Reuben pounding special leaves that when put in the water will make the fishes float to the top
Elvis having lunch in a treeCarmalina and Richard were a father son pair that manned one of the other boats. Richard was very shy and quiet but so much help. Carmalina was a small man, but with ripped muscles and no fat on his body. We were all in shock when we learned he was 60 years old. I would have guessed maybe in his 40's. In the picture Carmalina is painting his face. Most of the villagers paint their faces with a red paint that they believe helps protect them from the sun and the bugs.
Inoc at the back of the boat
All the guys having lunch. Marco is in blue in the middle
Marco's wife and little girl
We also had two women that cooked for us. One was only around some of the time and for the life of me I can't remember her name. Gina was our main cook. She was an older woman originally from Brazil. For some reason she just loved me, although our only form of communication was smiles. She spoke a mix of Portuguese and Spanish and I could never understand her. She was just the sweetest woman. I met two of her daughters. One was older with a beautiful little baby girl. Gina's youngest daughter was Anna, she was 4 years old and always standing at her mama's side watching all of us.
Gina cooking over the outdoor fire
Little Anna watching us dissect an electric eel
I know you all will never meet any of these people and I will probably never see them again, but they were all so special and helpful that everyone needs to know about them.