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Song of the Amazon is a visionary feature-length animated film created to share the stories and cosmology of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people of the Peruvian Amazon.

 

This groundbreaking film brings Shipibo visual music and stories of the Amazon to life in a way that has never before been seen outside of the experiential visions of the plant medicine, Ayahuasca.

 

Weaving together breathtaking visuals, songs and indigenous story wisdom, this film will take audiences on a profound and captivating journey that will evoke, awaken, inspire, and expand consciousness.

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Test Shorts for Song of the Amazon

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Song of the Amazon Project Update

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Hello Friends! As many of you know, we are creating Song of the Amazon, an animated film inspired by the art, cosmology and nature based wisdom of the Shipibo-Konibo people of the Peruvian Amazon.
 
We wanted to give you the latest updates on this extraordinary creative project that we are grateful to be a part of. Thank you again to all those who donated to our crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo last November and December and helped to raise funds for much needed software and film equipment.
 
We’re currently in the research and story development phase of production and have been busy gathering stories, artwork and working on the creation of several short animated films that we are looking forward to sharing with you soon!
 
Over the past season, we have been traveling quite a bit for ceremony and our film production work, and are in the process of planning for several upcoming trips to the Peruvian Amazon for Song of the Amazon. Our friend Reshin Bima was blessed with a new baby boy in September and has been continuing to create beautiful visionary art paintings. His artwork has been recently been presented at several solo and group art exhibitions in Southern California.
 
At the beginning of June, Reshin Bima and his family are guiding a journey to the ancient temples of the Incas and to the Peruvian jungle to visit Shipibo elder, Maestra Nihue Rama. Learn more about joining them on this sacred plant medicine retreat of inner healing, growth and renewal.
 
Also, after the favorable response to the art prints and t-shirts we offered as part of Song of the Amazon fundraising, we are excited to announce that we are creating a online store that will be launching in the coming weeks. We’ve been collaborating with Reshin Bima on some amazing t-shirt designs and will be offering some beautiful art prints and cards featuring his visionary paintings inspired by traditional Shipibo culture and design as well as ayahuasca and sacred plant spirit medicines.
 
We’ve been excited to connect to a beautiful community of over 3,000 people from over 45 countries on Facebook and Twitter where we regularly share posts about Shipibo art, stories and culture; ayahuasca and sacred plant spirit medicines; indigenous people’s rights and activism, and the guardianship and protection of our sacred Mother Earth.
 
Thank you for your interest and support of Song of the Amazon and we wish you blessings on your path.
 
Love,
 
The Song of the Amazon Team

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Shamanism: Concerns & Reflections

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art by: Katherine Skaggs

art by: Katherine Skaggs

The word “shaman” has been co-opted from its Evenki (Siberian) origins due to the limited vocabulary of anthropologists, and in its current context is used as a blanket term to describe a wide range of practitioners who enter altered states of consciousness and communicate with the spirit world for a variety of purposes.
 
Because this word is used by many who are unfamiliar with the culturally specific terms used to describe healers, seers and medicine people, the term “shaman” is a generalized term that is used to describe legitimate practitioners, but is also often used by frauds and amateurs. In some traditional indigenous spiritual communities, the words “shaman” and “shamanism” have taken on a negative context because of exploitation and appropriation.
 
In this insightful article, Ben Boomer of the The Center for Shamanic Education and Exchange, discusses these concerns, and how engaging with the intact spiritual traditions of another culture with proper respect, reciprocity, and gratitude can be beneficial for those seeking a deeper relationship with life.

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Heartfelt Thanks

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Our Indiegogo campaign has ended! We want to express how truly grateful we are to each and every one of you who donated and helped spread the word about this project.
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The money that was raised will help us to acquire much needed software and equipment that will help us continue with filming and animation as we embark on the creation of this exciting film!
 

This crowdfunding campaign is only the beginning for Song of the Amazon! We’ve learned so much during this time, and plan to take the valuable new information we have learned through this process with us moving forward. We are in it for the long haul on this project of the heart, and we feel very blessed to have you along for the journey!
 

ICHABIRES IRAKE! (Shipibo for thank you very much!)

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Animation Test Short

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We are very excited to share this animation test short for Song of the Amazon!

Song of the Amazon is a mind-expanding animated film we are creating to share the cosmology, visionary art, and wisdom of the Shipibo-Konibo people of the Peruvian Amazon.

 

Art, myth and story have always been powerful catalysts for change. By sharing the creative voice of the Shipibo people and their worldview of nature as a wise and conscious teacher to humanity, we expand consciousness, allowing us to rediscover our own connection to each other and live harmoniously with our planet.

 

We need your help to make this visionary film that will share vital knowledge from the heart of nature and awaken humanity to create a better world. Please Join the Song and contribute to our indiegogo crowdfunding campaign today.