When I arrived as a volunteer in Santa Clara over nine months ago, I was shocked by how few children I saw reading. Books in the rural indigenous school system, I was to learn, often sit for years locked away in cupboards collecting dust and getting devoured by jungle bugs. Though the Peruvian government has established a bilingual educational program to reach the Shipibo in their native tongue, implementation is highly ineffective. Students experience an abrupt shift from learning mainly in Shipibo in primary school to almost exclusively in Spanish as soon as they enter high school, when most youth … Continue reading Discover the Fantastic World of Books: Building a Bilingual Library for a New Generation of Intercultural Learners
Learning how to navigate the complex politics of food and motherhood in Santa Clara hasn’t been easy, but we’ve come a long way in the six months since beginning our Grow and Cook program here, opening up space for healing … Continue reading From Food Desert to Food Forest: Growing and Cooking in Santa Clara
After completing a series of murals with the children of the Shipibo urban community of Bena Jema on their elementary school, the teachers of the preschool next door came to us with an interest in a mural for their building … Continue reading Initial Strokes: Art and Environmental Consciousness with the Youngest Generation of Shipibo Children
This June Shipibo permaculture experts, Fernando and Reuben, facilitated a workshop for the indigenous youth of Santa Clara at the San Francisco community permaculture demonstration site. Fernando and Reuben are leaders of the Alianza Arkana Bena Nii (New Forest) permaculture … Continue reading Planting Seedlings of Hope: Shipibo Permaculture Workshop in Santa Clara
The last few days have seen the start of a process to decide the future of a territory that has been subjected to oil exploration for the last 40+ years – namely, oil block 192 (formally called 1AB) that spans … Continue reading Tensions run high as consultation process for Peru’s biggest oil block finally begins
This is a post written by several hands, by Shipibo permaculture leaders Marcos Urquia, Roberto Muñoz, and Fernando Cauper. These are the voices of the Shipibo with and for whom we work. In 1996 “modern permaculture” came to San Francisco … Continue reading Shipibo Permaculture: How far have we come and where are we going?
Este es un post escrito a varios manos por los líderes shipibo Marcos Urquia, Roberto Muñoz y Fernando Cauper. Estás son las voces de los shipibo con y para los cuales trabajamos. Autor: Marcos Urquia En 1996 llegó la “permacultura … Continue reading ¿Hasta dónde hemos llegado y hacia dónde vamos con la Permacultura de los Shipibo?
A large cloud of dust is raised by dozens of tiny feet charging towards me while I walk down the last street to get to work. Seconds later, a crowd of little excited Shipibo children embraces me in long hugs … Continue reading Greeted by Morning Kisses: Being a Teacher in an Urban Shipibo Community
Jóvenes y organizaciones amazónicos se movilizan para la vida, la diversidad cultural y el medio ambiente. “Loretano soy. Por eso es que quiero al bosque y la lluvia, al viento y al rio, la luna y el sol.” Lo que … Continue reading En Plena Crisis Político Ambiental Hay Esperanza
Recently, I had the opportunity to work with a Shipibo muralist on a muraling project at the elementary school in the urban Shipibo community of Bena Jema. Together with the students, our idea was to create a series of murals … Continue reading Four Worlds of the Shipibo Cosmovision in Murals