In the summer of 2015, I traveled through the Ecuadorian Amazon. I was a guest in the Waorani community Kewediono on the banks of the Shiripuno RIver, accessible only by a dugout canoe ride of three hours from the nearest settlement with a road. I met and learned from an incredibly warm and resourceful group of people and experienced jungle where flora and fauna were dense and fascinating and new to me around every corner. I also stayed at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Yasuni National Park, which is considered by many to be the most biodiverse place on Earth. The region is also the site of the richest oil reserves in Ecuador and from the canopy research tower, when the night is clear, one can see gas flares burning in the distance. The people of the region and the environment itself exist amid a complex geopolitical dynamic shaped by the pressures of resource extraction.