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Boeldeke Alfred

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ORIGINAL SILVER BASED PRINTS STAMPED ON THE BACK OF THE PRINTS BY THE ARTIST

Parti de Caracas, avec sa femme et sa petite fille de sept ans, pour un long voyage qui devait le ramener à son point de départ après avoir traversé le Vénézuéla, la Colombie, l'Equateur, le Pérou et le Brésil, Alfred Boeldeke a réalité en quatre ans un tour de force unique dans les annales de l'exploration.
Sans moyens financiers, d'abord avec une caravane automobile rudimentaire, puis sur un radeau primitif, il a réussi à rendre visite aux tribus indiennes les plus "sauvages" et les plus fermées à la pénétration des Blancs. Il a observé leurs coutumes, leurs rites et leurs religions : cérémonie accompagnant la réduction d'une tête, entrée d'un enfant dans le monde des adultes, actes de magie et guérisons accomplis par les sorciers dans des conditions dont la relation fait dresser les cheveux sur la tête du lecteur…

 

Mr. Boeldeke opens this description of his family’s journey to Argentina after World War II with these words: “For Anne, the wife I married in Germany in 1942, it was like being a bride again…she was following her husband to a new and happy life.” It sounds wonderful: a relocation from war-ravaged Europe to sunny South America, until you read on, and discover that the family, including 5 year old daughter Graciela, was actually going on an expedition into the jungle to look for headhunters. Mrs.Boeldeke spent her “second honeymoon” traveling the Amazon river in a homemade houseboat tacked together from a car chassis, balsa reeds, and planks, fending off horrific tropical diseases, starvation, and natives who were at that time still actively taking and shrinking heads. In fact, Mr.Boeldeke proudly posed little Graciela for a portrait holding her first shrunken head, given as a hospitality gift by one of the friendlier tribes (see cover photo for a cropped version). Amazingly, the family survived their adventure and Mr.Boeldeke went on to write his own work.

Books by Alfred Boeldeke

WITH GRACIELA TO THE HEADHUNTERS,New York : McKay; Édition : 1st Edition (1958)

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