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Adventuress Sarah Begum travelled to the heart of the Ecuadorean jungle on a mission to make a film about the tribes she would encounter.Source:australscope

MEET the London girl who is now a real-life Queen of the Amazon after marrying a tribal warrior.

Adventuress Sarah Begum, 26, travelled to the heart of the Ecuadorean jungle on a mission to make a film about the tribe she would encounter. Little did she know they would insist she married one of their own in order to create an alliance with their tribe and spread their message about protecting their land through her film.

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Pictures show Sarah with her warrior husband Ginkto (late 50s) in the Yasuni National Park, Amazon. Other photos show Sarah’s journey into the dark jungle, before she was welcomed with opened arms by the little-known Huaroani tribe — after she revealed that her dreams had led her to them.

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Adventuress Sarah Begum travelled to the heart of the Ecuadorean jungle on a mission to make a film about the tribes she would encounter.Source:australscope

Sarah Begum with her Amazon husband, Gintko.Source:australscope

Sarah is now Queen of the local tribe.Source:australscope

“When I was nine-years old I learnt about the Amazon tribes and how their way of life is under threat from the modern world.

“Then I had recurring visions of tribal people calling me,” said Sarah.

“Since then the dreams became stronger and the urge to travel to see the tribes increased.

“By the time I was in film school I felt I wasn’t really being prepared for the real world.

“I wanted to do something with my life and for my future so I decided to literally follow my dream.

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“I quit my job, used all my savings, hired a cinematographer from New York and a sound guy from Portsmouth.

“I did some research about this tribe in the Amazon and just went there.”

Exploring the Amazon jungle just like in her childhood dreams.Source:australscope

Sarah hopes to bring awareness to the plight of tribes in the Amazon.Source:australscope

Sarah privately financed her project and travelled 9300km from London to Ecuador to meet her two filmmaking colleagues, British sound man Stephen Bull and American cinematographer Frank Angelcyk.

Despite not being able to swim, Sarah travelled for two days from the Amazon town of Coca, by boat across piranha and alligator infested waters, stopped overnight at a beach to fish for their food before finally contacting the tribe she had dreamt about from childhood.

“The three of us and had to travel for two days to reach the village but we were accompanied by members of the tribe,” said Sarah.

“We arrived at an abandoned village that had been partially burnt out. I helped a warrior to carry food into his canoe. Soon after camping the night, we reached Bameno village where I finally met the tribe.”

Sarah arrived by plane and was welcomed with open arms.Source:australscope

The local Huaroani women taught Sarah how to weave.Source:australscope

Sarah was welcomed into the Huaorani tribe by the women, who taught her weaving and by the male warriors who showed her how to hunt by throwing a spear. The tribal elders insisted she get even more involved with their culture.

She had to undergo what she thought would be an initiation ceremony, before this turned into a marriage to chief warrior Ginkto, who spoke only his native Amazon language and a few words of Spanish.

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“I was called into a hut and everyone inside was naked,” said Sarah.

“I was told they were making me their traditional clothes, which is a piece of string made of plant fibres worn around the waste — not even a thong.

“I thought I can’t get naked this is being filmed — and for a split second I thought about running away.

“But I wanted to fully embrace and understand their traditions.

“One of the women pulled off my underwear. And I gave in from there.

“The elder leader was chanting, the women were making chicha, their home-brewed beverage.

“They were happy that I was totally naked and started to make a crown for me out of macaw feathers.

“I was told they are going to make you Queen. I was surrounded by the women and warriors chanting and dancing in the hut — I thought I was being initiated.

“They gave me the chicha drink and the name “Imaca” which means “The Last Name”, before marrying me to my husband-to-be, the tribe’s most popular warrior, Ginkto.”

Sarah Begum (left) sits next to her husband Gintko (right) during their marriage ceremony.Source:australscope

Sarah says Ginkto is quite the ladies’ man.Source:australscope

Sarah was shocked to discover the man next to her in the hut was to be her husband.

The tribal elders explained that Ginkto was the tribe’s top-warrior and would therefore make an excellent husband. She also learned that he was quite the ladies’ man.

“Ginkto is a lovely guy and a strong hunter, which makes him very popular with the women,” said Sarah.

“He is also very funny and curious about my life in London.

“We communicated through one of the other warriors who spoke Spanish to my cameraman.

“He asked all about my parents, my family and friends.”

Sarah formed a special bond with the local tribe.Source:australscope

A far cry from the restaurants in London, a spit roast of guinea pigs.Source:australscope

Luckily for Sarah the marriage ceremony was symbolic to make her officially part of the tribe’s family, so she would help spread their call for help to the outside world. She was not expected to have a sexual relationship with Ginkto.

Despite suffering a blow when her sound man, Stephen was taken ill with an infected cut to arm and had to be flown to hospital, Sarah learned that the tribe’s survival was under threat from logging companies who wanted to force them off their land and destroy their forest home.

She completed her film, called “Amazon Souls” about the tribe and it has been shown at the Cannes Film Festival, helping to raise awareness about the plight of indigenous people of the Amazon.

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Their way of life is under threat from big companies drilling for oil.Source:australscope

Sarah takes her role as Queen of the Amazon very seriously.Source:australscope

Incredibly, Sarah still keeps in contact with her Amazon warriors through the internet.

When some members are able to travel two days to the nearest town, Coca they can send a message to Sarah by email or even Facebook message and speak with her face-to-face over Skype.

“I didn’t consciously think to myself that I wanted to be an adventurer,” said Sarah.

“But I’m excited now that my film has raised awareness of the plight of my friends in the Amazon, whose way of life is under threat from multinational companies who want to drill the forest for oil.

“The shaman was a really cool guy with mystical powers of the jaguar, which the tribes believe make him a protector of the tribe.”

“I would love to go back to see them all again. The tribal elders said when I die I will be reborn as a male jaguar and return to watch over the tribe

“I have followed my dream and it has changed my life and the lives of others for the better.”

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Sarah with her husband and some of the local women.Source:australscope

Sarah back in London at the film showing, far away from her tribe in the jungle.Source:australscope