Gertrude Duby Blom
In 1943 Ms. Blom joined the first Mexican government-sponsored expedition through the highland Mayan villages of the Chiapas rainforest on muleback. There she met the Lacandons, a group of Mayans who had been isolated from civilisation for almost three centuries. This peace was shattered when private and commercial greed for the mahogany in the Lacandon rainforest stimulated massive road building and tree cutting into their area. Blom supported the Lacandons by writing, photographing, and publishing articles about the Lacandon culture. Today, at 89 years of age she continues to seek solutions to the ecological problems devastating local and worldwide indigenous populations.