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Category Archives: Shipibo Culture

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The Culture & Artistry of the Shipibo-Konibo


Teacher and master healer Juan Agustin speaks about the rich heritage and artistry of the Shipibo-Konibo people, a thousands of years old native culture that lives in the Peruvian Amazon. Maestro Juan Agustin Fernandez, is a Shipibo leader of the Cantagallo pueblo in Lima, Peru and Secretary of the Shipibo cultural organization ACUSHIKOLM, la Asociación…

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Origin of the Name “Shipibo”


The Shipibo peoples’ name comes from the Saddleback Tamarin monkey which is called shipi in their language and known as the “pichico” in Spanish. They were thought to resemble this adorable little fellow after drinking a traditional beverage called masato from small ceramic bowls, which leaves a white mark around their lips just like the…

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Para los Niños


  As part of our community empowerment initiative, Song of the Amazon is excited to be teamed up with Psicopompo Perro Negro Cultural Association. Psicopompo Perro Negro works to promote diversity and preserve the cultural voice by creating animated videos with children and young people. They use animation to promote education, healthy practices, and as…

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Featured Artist: Elena Valera – Bahuan Jisbë

Elena Valera Lima Shipibo

  “I have painted out of a love for what I am and so that my children will inherit this pride and hold on to what we have and what we are as Shipibo.” – Bahuan Jisbë / Elena Valera       Elena is a Master Healer, embroiderer and well-known visionary painter. Her vast…

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Music of the Shipibo Konibo


Nocontari Mashá Iká This beautiful icaro features images of the Shipibo Konibo people in the village of Santa Clara, some in traditional dress. The male poncho type garment is called a tari, made with handmade cloth dyed with plant pigments and often decorated with patterns called kené. Female traditional clothing consists of the chitonti, an…