Welcome to ISA WENI NGO
Medicine, Art and Culture of Shipibo People
As kids of our ancestors, we feel obligated to defend what is ours by creating a legal institution with legal protection to spread our Indigenous Worldview, our values principles, our art and our traditional medicine.
Why the ISA WENI name?
Isa Weni was a mystic grandfather and master in the handling of medicine plants who taught his disciples in the ancestral knowledge and wisdom.
Who are we?
We are a NGO that wants to be recognized as leader and as a consolidated organization in the matters of Shipibo Culture, formed by members that are committed to the Preservation, Rescue and Promotion of the Shipibo Culture, making a place where the people live with dignity and harmony with their own nature. We are the first Peruvian NGO that promotes the reforestation of Ayahuasca and other medicine plants of the Amazon Jungle.
Mercedez Karina García Ríos
Consultant Team – Biologist
We believe that at this moment in which Neoliberal Globalization is reaching higher steps in all orders, it results of most high importance to preserve the cultural identity of each and every one of the Indigenous Peoples.
We know that developing cultural projects plays a decisive role in the preservation of the culture of the people, since this propitiates the participation of the different social actors in the transformation of their own reality and external conditionings.
To announce the cultural reality of the Shipibo People to the national and foreign entities in order to create interest in our work of preservation of our culture, traditions, customs, language and medicine plants.
Support of the Shipibo People through projects that reinforce our cultural identity and the sustainable development of our communities by developing campaigns of social awareness.
Search for people interested in supporting the Shipibo People both economically and with humanitarian and social help. Attract financial help in order to develop and execute projects that can benefit the Shipibo People in our native communities.
Establish and maintain good relationships with other National Institutions with common interests through organizing mutual activities within the interests of the organization.
Shipibo Art and Culture
We develop activities oriented to sensitizing young Shipibo kids and teenagers in order for them to know the traditions that are part of our Shipibo Cultural identity: handcrafting, singing, dance, painting, language and oral tradition amongst others.
We foster the culture of reforestation and preservation of species such as Ayahuasca as well as other medicine plants used by the Shipibo Culture. The revaluation and revitalization of identifying ourselves with our roots is vital for the wellbeing and development of our region.
Your donation will help us to:
- Build the School of Shipibo Art on the community lot that has been given for that purpose.
- Hiring the work force to build and make ready the School of Shipibo Art.
- Elaborate a curriculum designed with a participative and opened methodology for each offered course.
- Hiring the proper personnel for the administration of the School as well as the Teachers for the different courses.
- Obtain the necessary resources to carry on with the workshops: sound equipment, material, musical instruments and others.
- Develop campaigns of motivation and sensitization in order to catch the interest of the students in regards of the knowledge and practices offered by the School of Shipibo Art ( talk tories, theater presentations, summons, etc).
The School of Shipibo Art will be located in Yarinacocha City, Pucallpa, Peru. Very strategic place due to the great amount of kids both male and female as well as teenagers that come to this city in order to get studies: primary, secondary schools as well as higher grade. These are people that suffer directly the impact of the city life which brings them away from their ancestral communities.
The direct beneficiaries will be 30 Shipibo kids and teenagers between 6 and 18 years old which come from the different native communities of the Ucayali Region.
The parents of the kids that will be hired by the school in order to give their knowledge to the kids through their art, as well as the people around the area, as a way to promote a cultural center that vindicates the ancestral values and may be a place of encounter and dialog to create networks of intercultural relationships to share the ancestral wisdom.