What We Do
In collaboration with local Shipibo partners, Alianza Arkana is working to facilitate the creation of the first Shipibo cultural center. We would like to open at least two satellites - one at our offices in Yarinacocha alongside our urban permaculture center, and the second in the Shipibo community of Santa Clara.
In addition to video, audio, and written archives of academic resources on Shipibo culture and tradition, we are in the process of organizing an encyclopedia of medicinal plants, collaborating with respected community healers and Shipibo advisors to guide us in the formation and operation of the centers. Alongside the creation of academic archives, we work with our indigenous partners to nourish living tradition, facilitating workshops with youth and elders on topics ranging from mythology and craft traditions to plant medicine and song.
As an additional aspect of our work on the Cultural Center project, we are supporting the creation of an updated Shipibo-Spanish dictionary. Though the Peruvian state has taken efforts to preserve the Shipibo language through the implementation of a bilingual education program in urban and rural primary schools, there currently exists no Shipibo dictionary whose grammar and spelling are consistent with modern linguistic conventions. Building on work already done by the Shipibo non-profit AIDI (in English, the ‘Indigenous Association for Integral Development’) to bolster and preserve Shipibo linguistic tradition, we are planning to coordinate a team of volunteers supporting research and fundraising efforts to make this vital resource accessible to schools, teachers, travellers, and academics.