Cultural Exchange Project
For the Shipibo tribe of the Amazon jungle, the word Inca refers to their ancient ancestors, and according to Shipibo legend, many of their cultural traditions and shamanic wisdom was gifted to them by the ancient peoples of the Andes. In their ceremonies and songs the Inca are always called upon for help, healing and wisdom. Many of the healing plants used in traditional Shipibo medicine are also said to have come from the Inca. Most Shipibo only dream of visiting the power places of legend in the Andes such as lake Titicaca and the high mountains that are the source of the Amazon river, but in the spring of 2010, CSEE provided the opportunity for Enrique Flores, a Shipibo Shaman to travel to the Andes for a cultural exchange. The trip proved to be an extraordinary adventure and Enrique not only got to visit these places, he also connected with, exchanged with and did ceremony with his Andean counterparts, the Quechua Pacos. Both learned a great deal from each other. For Enrique it was a trip of a lifetime. Watch the video to see more about his adventure and thank you to all who contributed to making it possible.