What We Do
Alianza Arkana incorporates creative practices in most of the intercultural work we do. The language of creativity and the arts is a very effective way to bring unity between indigenous and non-indigenous cultures. The Shipibo are a culture, which for centuries have passed on ancestral knowledge through visionary art, song and storytelling. We work both with Shipibo artists and volunteers from abroad in a variety of creative mediums; muralists, artists, theatre practitioners, filmmakers, illustrators and musicians - at times in teams of people from different artistic disciplines - to incorporate creativity into the way we work.
Some of the more urbanized communities have begun to lose touch with the innate creativity in traditional Shipibo culture, so we also aim to re-introduce art into the lives of the young people in these communities. We have organized a wide variety of workshops and concerts involving youth, elders, and volunteers from diverse backgrounds, all designed to revive communal space and share and strengthen the rich Shipibo culture. We have painted environmentally and culturally inspired murals in three Shipibo communities, organized workshops for young people taught by elders around traditional art and crafts, song and dance, set up theatre workshops during school holidays, and run after-school activities.