Both photos are from her first trip into Brazil in 1926.This trip changed her life's focus and she chose at the very end of life to return to her beloved Brazil.What motivated her and drove her to constantly learn is a fascinating study in itself.
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First "white woman" to explore the Amazon River
A life of adventure, narrowly escaping the potentially amorous advances of the "chief" of a tribe who had never encountered a'tori' woman, traveling the world and studying art, attending a Governor's Ball in Brazil, studying anthropology with the great names of the 20th century, these are only some of the adventures of a life lived fully. Yet, "Bessie," has virtually disappeared from the historical record, a fate shared by many important women.
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. "Bessie," made three trips into the Brazilian interior.
She brought back 8,000 feet of 35mm film, artifacts from the
Caraja and Tapirape Indians, and notes. Her collection of
artifacts is now at the Smithsonian, a part of the Museum of
the American Indian. Her field notes, journals, films and
photos remain illusive.
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