Sacha Warmi Muskuy
Sacha Warmi Muskuy’s mission is to be a builder of bridges between cultures in the Ecuadorian Amazon, supporting dialogue between the government’s biomedical health system and the indigenous people and their traditional health-care delivery system. Donations to Sacha Warmi Muskuy back up the organization’s commitment to supporting the indigenous people of the region in sustaining independent, healthy lives in a multicultural world by maintaining connection to the plants, animals, and landscape of the region where they have lived for eons.
CSEE has been a generous supporter of Sacha Warmi Muskuy since 2015. This past year, their funding made it possible for SWM to network between the indigenous tribes it serves and government health centers, helping increase access to medical care in a manner that is culturally appropriate and sympathetic. CSEE funding has made it possible for SWM staff and volunteers to do presentations to regional health care professionals on topics such as the functioning of the indigenous health systems, cultural uses of herbal medicine, and how indigenous healing practices treat specific illnesses. Funding has also allowed SWM to write and publish handouts on indigenous approaches and attitudes to healthcare, and investigate further protocols and develop an information system. The support that Sacha Warmi Muskuy receives empowers the organization to plant seeds of understanding and do delicate cross-cultural relationship building, and with this work the health centers are learning to reach more people, while tribal residents have found staff at these centers more understanding and flexibility.
Meanwhile, generous funders from all over the world make it possible for Sacha Warmi Muskuy to continue its work of hosting gatherings between elder and younger Kichwa women from different regions in Ecuadorian Amazon. Together, the women discuss traditional health and health care, production and food sovereignty, economy, arts and oral traditions. Through this, SWM support the transmission of knowledge from the elder generation to those coming up, encouraging the younger women to learn and practice these cultural values, and to pass them along to coming generations.
Rosa Canelos making a presentation at the Shamans's Congress in Tena.
Rosa Canelos with Kichwa couple in Sarayacu.
Kichwa women's workshop on oral traditions
Young Siekopai (Secoya) people Jimmy and Ribaldo filming school children during their visit to the medicinal plant garden created by a Siekopai woman, Fanny Piaguaje (left) in the village of Sewaya, on the Aguarico River. The videos produced by Jimmy and Ribaldo on the traditional uses of medicinal plants will soon be distributed to the 5 Siekopia villages in the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon to encourage their own people to give a new value to some of the most important medicinal plants.
Didier making a presentation last May to the professional staff from the Health Center in the Siekopai village of San Pablo, on the Aguarico River.
Didier making a presentation on Intercultural Health, last May, to the Organization for the Defense of the People Affected by the Texaco Oil Spill (UDAPT)
Organization for the Defense of the People Affected by the Texaco Oil Spill (UDAPT) Presentation