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.