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Meet the Matis- Adaptation and Endurance in Amazonia (Opening Reception)
February 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Queen City 15 Gallery presents “Meet the Matis – Adaptation and Endurance in Amazonia” – an exhibit featuring the photography and art work by Carl Parris and his fellow explorers during their expedition to meet the Matis Indians. This exhibit will explore their daily survival skills, customs and struggles to maintain their culture as the modern world comes closer and more threatening to their way of life.
The exhibition includes hunting weapons like blow guns, poison darts, spirit masks, medicinal and religious artifacts along with photos, drawings and video. The Matis Indians live deep in the Amazon jungle in the far western corner of Brazil. Their protected territory is the size of the state of Maine and is home to the largest number of “uncontacted” tribes in the world. They first made contact with outsiders in 1976 and shortly thereafter were nearly wiped out due to exposure to ‘foreign’ diseases. They live in two separate villages with a total population of roughly 290. Carl Parris visited the Matis twice in 2018 during the rainy and dry seasons to observe their way of life.
“Meet the Matis” will be launched with a reception, which is free and open to the public, on Saturday February 6 from 4-6pm at the gallery located at 317 Main Street. It will be on display through Saturday February 27. Carl will share his travel experience with a slideshow and a talk on Saturday February 13 at 3pm. Information about the talk will be published on the website and our social media.
About the Artist:
Carl Parris has had a lifelong interest in how rural and remote societies organize themselves to adapt to their physical environments. Working on a farm in Pennsylvania in his teens, living in Mexico and living/working in a farming village in China in 1971 fostered his interests in anthropology and cultural geography which he pursued in college until he dropped out to see the world. After working in an auto plant in Detroit for 7 years and later for IBM in Poughkeepsie for 33 years he is now retired. He jumped on an invitation to join a small team from the Explorers Club to visit the Matis Indians in 2018 which allowed him to re-discover his sense of adventure and interests in cultural survival for indigenous communities.