Working with indigenous communities

Working with indigenous communities is a wonderful experience. Whether you go as an NGO or a Social Enterprise, you are called to blend in a totally different culture and contribute with your own knowledge and with your own view of the world. Although it is a life changing experience, it’s full of challenges driven by the clash of cultures, the amount of interconnected problems that these communities face and the inherited poor social and environmental work done by others. Working in Amazon Rainforest In this article I want to share an inspiring project, I had the opportunity to film, with … Continue reading Working with indigenous communities

Musical Liberation: Collaborative Cultural Convergence in the Amazon

“One of our greatest challenges and greatest opportunities, remains bridging worlds. Cross-cultural interfaces are paramount for accessing indigenous knowledge through a modern lens, or in this case the musical experience of Liberation Movement. I’m pleased to be collaborating with Liberation … Continue reading Musical Liberation: Collaborative Cultural Convergence in the Amazon

New Forest News: Catalyzing Regeneration on Shipibo Permaculture Sites

  This is the first of a series of blogs showcasing the permaculture demonstration sites Alianza Arkana is supporting. The aim is to cultivate a regenerative eco-social movement for Shipibo communities in Yarinacocha as part of the project “Bena Nii” – meaning ‘New Forest’. They were already working when we arrived at 8:30 in the morning, sweating before the sun broke through the clouds. Looking around me, the Amazonian community of San Francisco was one dominated by tall grass. Amazon? Where are the trees? There is a general belief regarding the Amazon that the profit-driven interests of businesses and governments … Continue reading New Forest News: Catalyzing Regeneration on Shipibo Permaculture Sites

Talisman Energy Withdraws from Peruvian Amazon

Source: Amazon Watch Calgary, Canada – Today (September 13th), Talisman Energy (TLM) announced its decision to cease oil exploration activities in the Peruvian Amazon and to exit the country upon completion of ongoing commercial transactions. “We have fought long and hard against Talisman’s drilling in our territory because of the negative environmental and social impacts we have seen from oil drilling around the world,” said Peas Peas Ayui, President of the National Achuar Federation of Peru (FENAP). “Now that Talisman is leaving we can focus on achieving our own vision for development and leave a healthy territory for future generations.” … Continue reading Talisman Energy Withdraws from Peruvian Amazon