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A canoe navigates upstream the Marañon river towards the perilous Pongo of Manseriche, a scale for the level of the water helps evaluating the danger. Pongo is the Quechua name for rapids, while Manseriche means ‘the frightening gorge’. The place has been made famous by Werner Herzog during the first attempt to film his Fitzcarraldo, in the upper Marañon, before being turned away by a pioneering indigenous organisation, the Consejo Awaruna-Wampis, in 1979. The project of a series of 20 dams has always been looming on the populations of the upper Marañon. While the minor ones are already in advanced stage of planning the realisation of the biggest one on the Manseriche would flood the whole Rio Santiago.

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