“Without our culture, our language, who will we become? Other people, I think.”
Nemonte Nenquimo, Waorani.

The Situation

Historically, efforts towards cultural recovery in the Amazon have been characterized by outsiders “leading the way,” by attempting to preserve cultural practices and languages in a pamphlet, a book, a video, or some other “product,” while other initiatives, mainly driven by local governments, fund indigenous themed festivals, beauty pageants, and competitions in which indigenous cultural practices are shared with, or are presented as entertainment for city-dwellers.


The Vision

Our work stems from the belief that cultural pillars and keystone practices can only be identified by the indigenous people themselves. From there, we work to promote cultural practices by practicing them, we recover traditional plants by planting them, and we work to reconnect youth with the forest and its spirits through ceremonies that have served that very purpose for millennia.

We cannot protect the climate or stop the extinction crisis if we don’t protect the Amazon rainforest.