Motherland is an ongoing series shot in Brazil, my country of birth. The aim of the series is to explore the idea of reconnecting with one's heritage by way of documenting the significance that our history and where we come from has on our lives and the role it plays in shaping us.
The indigenous village of Piaçaguera is located in the Atlantic Forest biome and occupies an area that goes from the edge of the beach to the hinterland.
It is a heavily conservated areas (only 14% of the area is deforested) and is close to the border of the cities of Itanhaém and Peruíbe on the south coast of the state of São Paulo.
For many years the land was bought and sold with no consideration of the people who lived and built their lives there whilst preserving their history and traditions. In 2000 a group made up of the indigenous families decided that this could not continue and began a 16 year struggle to reclaim the place of their ancestors. In 2016 the demarcation of Piaçaguera Indigenous Land was approved and registered with a registry office.
Today the people of Piaçaguera take care of the land, animals, rivers and forests of the area. But most importantly, the people have taken care of their own future and secured their motherland.