Friday, October 17, 2014 - 14:41

Stunning pictures of tribal people of the rainforest taken by Cornish explorer and writer Robin Hanbury-Tenison and the world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado will go on display in the Eden Project from Friday October 24.

The exhibition – called “People of the Rainforest” - will be on display in Eden’s Rainforest Biome. They were taken in the Amazon, Sumatra, Borneo and Malaysia and will be installed in the corresponding areas of the Biome.

The pictures have been specially selected to remind visitors to Eden that an estimated 200 million indigenous people around the world depend on forests for their home and livelihood.

The exhibition was prompted by a letter from Eden Project co-founder Sir Tim Smit to Robin suggesting that the themes of people and forests were drawn together at Eden.

Eden has worked with Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, to bring the exhibition to Cornwall. Survival International was founded 45 years ago by a group including Robin.

They were appalled by what was being done to the indigenous tribes of Brazil by the government agency responsible for caring for them.

Robin said: “Tribal people are the best guardians of the environment.  This is one of Survival’s main messages, because so many of the issues facing tribal people revolve around land rights.

“By including images of tribal people within the rich and beautiful habitats of the tropical Biome at Eden, we should be able to get across this essential message, and spread the word that people and plants need each other.”

Dr Jo Elworthy, Director of Interpretation at the Eden Project, said: “These thought-provoking images will animate Eden’s Rainforest Biome in a powerful way. Eden is a living theatre of plants and people. We are well-known for our plants and this provides the opportunity to bring the vital stories of rainforest tribal peoples into the picture.”

Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE, DL is the doyen of British explorers and a Founder and President of Survival International. Conservationist, broadcaster, film-maker, author of more than 20 books, lecturer, campaigner and farmer, he is one of the few remaining British explorers who merits the name.

Sebastião Salgado is the world-famous Brazilian photographer whose pictures have appeared in numerous exhibitions and books. In 1994, he and his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado formed their own photo agency called Amazonas Images, which works on long term social documentary projects.

The photographs are incorporated into the foliage in the Rainforest Biome.