Shipibo

The Shipibo are one of 14 indigenous tribes living in the Amazon Basin in Peru. They are a shamanically based people, deeply influenced by the power of the plants, animals and natural elements. A unique aspect of the Shipibo culture is their woven song tradition. The Shipibo record their icaros or healing songs in elaborate geometrical designs that function like a musical score and correlate and interact with the natural world. They see the patterns in the natural world and are able to reproduce them for protection, healing, abundance, harmony and a variety of other purposes.
EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT:
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Katty Lisett Murayari Flores

Katty is the eldest grandchild of Enrique Flores and Herlinda Agustin. She is a law student, has four years left in her program and will spend the last two years in Lima at an advanced level of study. She is a Highest Honors Student – in the top 1% of her class, a single mother and has taken on a more difficult course load that will help her attain a doctorate degree. When she completes this curriculum, she will be certified to practice international law. Her aspirations are to practice indigenous rights law, defending and securing rights for indigenous people and women’s civil rights law.Katty is a shining example of the type of leader we are supporting to maintain and preserve the indigenous culture and traditions. Our goal is to support Katty at $900 per month to cover her tuition, travel for internships, conferences, field trips and housing.

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Susy Flores Agustin

Susy was admitted and enrolled in the most competitive University Tourism degree program in Lima. Susy’s goal is to build a viable and sustainable shamanic tourism business for the Shipibo. Shamanic tourism is a rapidly growing business sector in the Peruvian Amazon basin. She is studying English, Mandarin, French, Italian and German and has four years remaining in a five-year program. Our goal for supporting Susy’s tuition, educational supplies, field trips, conferences and living expenses is a monthly stipend of $900.

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Walter Flores Agustin

Walter is studying botany and environmental sustainability. He studies living things, including medicinal plants in the rainforest and the principles of reforestation. His aspirations are to develop a world class, sustainable botanical garden on family land in his home village on the Amazon. He plans to teach reforestation and sustainability practices to the villagers to help stem the tide of environmental degradation from development. In addition to supporting his studies with a monthly gift to see him through the three years he has left, CSEE is also planning to raise funds in 2013 to fund a project in his village that will serve as the basis for his masters thesis. Preserving the wisdom of the medicinal plants of the Amazon is crucial to the preservation of the Shipibo culture. Walter is completing the third year a of six-year program of study at the University in Pucallpa that will result in a masters degree. Walter’s total expenses funded by CSEE are $700 per month. CSEE’s goal for supporting the field work and fund Walter’s thesis project is $20,000. 

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Pasquel Flores Agustin

Pasquel was funded by CSEE to study for several years with the famous artist, Pablo Amaringo at the Pablo Amaringo School of Art in Pucallpa, Peru before Pablo’s death. He has 2 years left of a curriculum that will give him a certificate to be an official teacher of art. CSEE currently supports his weekly classes and related expenses of $200 per month. Meanwhile he has been teaching several of the village children who have shown an interest and talent in studying art. CSEE plans to make his role more official, supporting him in keeping the knowledge and practice of Shipibo art alive in his home village. Our goal is to raise an additional amount of$150 per month to support Pasquel’s role as art teacher in his village, paying for his time, art supplies, easels and other related expenses. Currently Pasquel is the only art teacher in the village.

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Roel Flores Agustin

Roel (Vichy) is the youngest child of Enrique Flores and Herlinda Agustin. He is currently the youngest CSEE scholarship recipient. He has recently moved to Lima and has begun university studies in business administration and finance. Budgeting and financial planning are not part of the ancestral culture of the Shipibo. The business education and skills Vichy is learning will contribute to empowering the financial management and development of sustainable businesses in his home village. Funding Vichy’s education is part of our initiative to help empower leaders with a shamanic foundation to control their future and have the financial security to protect their heritage. Our goal is to raise a monthly scholarship of $600 per month to cover his educational and living expenses.

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Edith Murayari Flores-Future Student

Katty’s younger sister, Edith has been trained in Shipibo healing massage and traditional healing practices. Her dream is to attend a five year medical program to become a trained mid-wife, blending traditional medicine wisdom with Western obstetric practices. Our goal is to be able to raise the $10,000 per year needed to fund her education. Currently the village is lacking in viable midwifery and the result is that many Shipibo are beginning to depend on the nearest hospital which is a one and a half hour boat ride away.

Student Success stories:

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Juan had started his teaching certificate more then 12 years ago but was never able to finish his thesis due to lack of funds. SO CSEE, along with One Heart Many Rhythms sent Juan back to school to finish his degree. Juan had to retake many classes but was able to complete his final thesis which was on the Preservation of Shipibo Culture and receive his teaching certificate. Juan had to take his first teaching job a two day boat ride away from his village, his wife and his 6 children. In March 2011, Juan was able to secure a teaching job in his own village, located across the street from his house! With Juan’s arrival at the village school, they were able to celebrate having teachers that were 100% bilingual because all the teachers are native Shipibo. The students speak Spanish and Shipibo, learn traditional Shipibo design and learn the value of preserving their culture. Check out our pictures of our visit to Juan’s classroom in October 2011.

HenryandWifeAniHenry got his degree in Lima in Physical ed, Nutrition and Sports with the help of CSEE and One Heart Many Rhythms. Since this is his first year teaching, Henry currently has a job in a very remote village a day boat ride away. He hopes to join Juan at the school in his home village next year. Because of Henry’s experience living in Lima as well as his education, he has helped the other villagers open bank accounts, manage finances, organize business ventures and has become a positive influence and leader in his community.

ORPHAN EDUCATION PROJECT:

orphansThis is an ongoing project providing uniforms and school supplies to 7 orphans in a small Amazonian village school. The cost of this project is $400 per year

 

 HERLINDA LEGACY PROJECT:

herlindaCSEE has embarked upon the first phase of the Herlinda Legacy Project. The goal of this project is to produce an archive of Shipibo healer, Herlinda Agustin Hernandez, singing her most powerful ceremonial healing songs, also known as icaros. The creation of the archive will require the translation of hundreds of hours of audio which was recorded before Herlinda’s death in 2010. This project will preserve Herlinda’s legacy and the importance of her contribution to the Shipibo people. Her work will be translated and explained with descriptions of the cultural traditions from which it emerged. CSEE seeks ongoing funding for this project which will ultimately produce a set of CDs of Herlinda’s work.We currently have 2,000 in this fund. Budget Stage 1 – $5,000 Initial review, editing and translating of hundreds of hours of audio.

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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.