Photographer's Note

Native, Surinamese riverboat on way with passengers and their goods. I shot this frame from a bridge (in workshop) at one of the water canal of Suriname River in Paranam. Suriname is an ocean and river country as part of Amazon Rain Forest. Transportation on water is very important because there is no other way to reach many areas in Amazon Rain Forest, except some small airports in bush.

Paranam is a town in the Para District, Suriname. It is located at around 5°37′0″N, 55°6′0″W.

Para District : Para is a district of Suriname, in the north. Para's capital city is Onverwacht, with other towns including Paranam, Sabana and Zanderij.

Para has a population of 15,120 and an area of 5,393 km².

The district is the mining and forestry centre of Suriname, with many large bauxite mining operations operating.

The ruins of the city of Jodensavanne are in Para district. Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition established Jodensavanne in the 17th century, but it was destroyed in 1832 by a fire. Somewhat ironically, Jodensavanne was an internment camp for suspected Nazi supporters in Suriname during the Second World War.

Para is also home to a spring that supposedly has medicinal properties.

Bigi Poika (Carib Indian)
Carolina (Creole)
Powakka (Arowak Indian)

PS. I little injured before taken this shot 15 months ago. I saw the boat is coming during my first shoot on the old bridge (in workshop). I ran to parapet while thinking about shot, but in a moment I found with myself that my right leg completely in a hole on the bridge. There were some holes created by decayed floor material that I recognized lately. Thanks to god I saved only some scratches and pain. I was at hospital next day for starting a new series of tetanus injection.

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