August 02, 2011
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Colombian cowboy crossing a river on horseback. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.
Riding a horse in the world's greatest tropical rainforest may be the definition of what kids today call 'bad-ass'. It certainly makes cowboys in Texas look prosaic. While it may be surprising to see a horse-and-rider in the Amazon rainforest, this is typical transportation for some indigenous groups in the Amazon rainforest of Colombia.
After centuries of abuse in Colombia, including indentured servitude to the rubber industry, indigenous people are beginning to regain their rights and their land.
For more information on the struggles of indigenous people in Colombia: Taking back the rainforest: Indians in Colombia govern 100,000 square miles of territory.