Nunkui is a very important figure in the Shuar culture and mythology. She is a Goddess that lives under the ground and makes everything grow. Thousands of years ago, Nunkui taught the Shuar how to survive sustainably in the Amazon jungle. For us to say “Friends of Nunkui” is to say that we are friends of Mother Earth, the key to our survival.

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We are dedicated to preserving the Shuar culture and the astounding diversity of their ancestral home in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

You can see from this drawing that children listen closely when Anank speaks at their schools.

The Amazon rainforest is one of the world’s most fragile and environmentally diverse ecosystems. Traditional healers hold the key to a natural, sustainable way of life. We believe this is worth protecting.

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Recent visit to my jungle

Recently I returned from a six-week trip to my jungle to visit with my family and maestros (Shuar Elders). It was a difficult journey on many levels, everything is changing so fast these days. Young Shuar are loosing their culture at a rapid pace, many only speak Spanish now and have not been taught the customs of their people.

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