Last week, from September 12-16, indigenous leaders from the Peruvian Amazon (Loreto) met with high-level government officials to discuss problems with oil exploration and extraction in their region and to appeal for urgent attention in addressing their concerns. The indigenous … Continue reading Dispatch from the Capital: Indigenous leaders meet with top government officials.
I recently read a story on Fox News extolling the miraculous properties of the Amazonian fruit huito, used by the Shipibo people along Peru’s Ucayali River to die their hair a lustrous, youthful-looking black. “A Natural Way to Die Your … Continue reading Shipibo Suffer From Oil Slicks
Today was an important day as the village chief of Bena Jema organized a community meeting to discuss Alianza Arkana’s scholarship program with village leaders, parents and potential scholarship recipients. Bena Jema is a small Shipibo community of approximately … Continue reading Building strong local partnerships: A community gathering in Bena Jema to discuss Alianza Arkana’s Scholarship Program
It has been two weeks since Peruvian President Ollanta Humala approved Indigenous consultation law requiring extractive companies such as oil, gas and mining ventures to consult indigenous communities before launching operations in their traditional territories. In spite of the long-awaited … Continue reading Waiting to See What ‘Consultation’ Really Looks Like
An amazing and beautiful 7 hour boat ride on the Ucayali river brought me to the small and tranquil village of Santa Rosa de Dinamarca, located deeply in the Peruvian Amazon. In this village I met with Felix, a … Continue reading Hope for the Future – Dreams and Ambitions of Shipibo Youth in Dinamarca
Rukullakta (Napo Province) – Contrasting Opinions about the Promise and Peril of Oil Extraction In our fourth leg of our journey we went to meet with Kichwa communities in the Napo province (the meeting was held in the town of … Continue reading Peruvian Leaders Travel to Ecuador to Discuss Oil, Development, and Capitalism – Part 2
For the last 2 weeks of July, I had the privilege of accompanying indigenous federation presidents, Alfonso Lopez Tejada and Aurelio Chino Dahua, to Ecuador for a series of meetings having to do with oil extraction, indigenous rights and critiques … Continue reading Peruvian leaders Travel to Ecuador to Discuss Oil, Development, and Capitalism – Part 1
Since April 2011, Alianza Arkana has been supporting the school to create eight different, spatially-based educational zones so that the students learn about their indigenous culture – its cosmovision, traditions, stories, childhood games, language, food production, relationship with nature – … Continue reading Visit to Intercultural School at Puerto Firmeza sponsored by Alianza Arkana