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What is it about ?


As the Ashaninka tribe defended their lives and lands against wood loggers, they fought unitl they were able to demarcate their land in 1992. Once they arrived back to their village, the women commemorated this event and marked the date until today. Freedom reigned and it was a time of festivity. Today, the date is celebrated every year in June and stories are told about how they suffered and fought against racism, preconceptions and slavery. The words are passed on to remain in the minds and hearts of the younger ones.

The Ashaninka story is therefore never forgotten and celebrated with the local drink, caizuma, made out of manioc, the sounds of drums, flutes, music and a game of bow and arrows, fishing, hunting, swimming and football.

The whole community participates and prepares these special days throughout the whole month of June. The work consists in a spiritual connection through ayahuasca in order to protect the festivities. Once the day arrives, everyone is free to play and enjoy.

This year, among over 700 indigenous participants, the Ashaninka are opening their cultural festival to a few foreigners for the first time.

Benki Piyako, their spiritual leader, has stated that “is is time for the Ashaninka people to open to the world “.

Ashaninka families will receive the foreigners in their homes, enabling you to live this few days experience in total immersion within the community.

The Ashaninka People

Most of the Ashaninka people live in Peru, more than one hundred thousand persons, which extend over several regions from the central Selva to the source of the Ucayali River. On the Brazilian side, 1’200 people live on the Ashaninka indigenous territory along the Amônia River, in the municipality of Marechal Thaumaturgo, in the amazonian rainforest, state of Acre.

Terra Indígena Kampa do Río Amônia, as the indigenous territory is officially known, was delimited and registered in 1992 and covers an area of ​​872 square kilometers. It is located on the border with Peru and shares its Brazilian borders with the Upper Juruá Nature Reserve and Terra Indigena Arara Rio Amônia, both also located in the municipality of Marechal Thaumaturgo.

The Ashaninka have a long history of resistance, standing up to invaders since the time of the Inca empire until the rubber boom of the nineteenth century and, especially those on the Brazilian side of the border, resisting the encroaches of loggers from the 1980s to today. A people proud of their culture, driven by strong sense of freedom, ready to die in defence of their territory, the Ashaninka are no mere objects of western history. They possess an astonishing capacity to reconcile traditional customs and values with ideas and practices from the western world, such as those to do with socio-environmental sustainability.

The accompanying team

We are at your service with our knowledge of the amazon forest, the Ashaninka and the Puyanawa people

Thomas Pizer
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Flor Ferjani
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Lyra Kirsanova
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