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Achuar Culture and History

As a complement to our Achuar language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Achuar tribe and their society.

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The emphasis of these pages is on Achuars and other American Indians as living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Achuar history is interesting and important, but the Achuar Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday.

Our Achuar Websites

Achuar Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Achuar Indian language.

Achuar Tribal and Community Websites

Achuar Nation of Ecuador (NAE):
    Organization representing the Achuar Indians of Ecuador.
    Website of an indigenous Shiwiar organization promoting ecotourism and native rights in Ecuador.
Achuar People of the Peruvian Amazon:
    Website of the Achuar tribe in Peru, with cultural and political information.

Books for sale on the Achuar Indians
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The Achuar of the Pastaza River: A Glimpse into Their Rainforest World:
    An interesting book about the culture and lifestyle of the Achuar Indians.
In the Society of Nature: A Native Ecology in Amazonia:
    Ethnography of the Achuar Indian tribe.
Crude Chronicles:
    Book about the conflicts between oil drilling companies and indigenous communities in Ecuador.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

Maps of Achuar Lands

Peru Linguistic Map * Tribes and Languages of Peru: * Indigenous People of Ecuador:
    Maps showing the areas in South America where Achuar people live.
The Jibaro Tribes:
    Map of the different Jivaro tribes in Ecuador and Peru.

Achuar Lifestyle and Tradition

The Achuar People:
    Detailed information about Achuar lifeways.
Peoples of the Rainforest: The Achuar Indians * The Jivaroans:
    Information on Achuar culture and traditions, with photographs.
The Shiwiar Rainforest Initiative:
    PDF files describing the Shiwiar environment and traditional life.
Living the Dream: Daily life of the Achuar tribe:
    Video and photographs showing the traditional lifestyle of Achuar villagers.
Living and Learning in the Jungle:
    Journal of a teacher's experiences among the Achuar, with photos of Achuar houses, basketry, hunting blowpipes, and canoes.
The Achuar of Kapawi:
    Photographs and cultural information about the Achuar community of the Kapawi Ecological Reserve.
The Achuar-Shiwiar of Peru:
    Cultural overview of the Achuar people.
    Achuar women's traditions of manioc plant cultivation and chicha brewing.
Achuar Cultural Objects:
    Museum exhibit with photographs of Achuar clothing, bowls, and other artifacts.
Achuar flute song * Achuar folk dancing:
    Videos of traditional Achuar music and dance.
The Amazon Headhunters * Tsanta: Shrunken Heads of the Jivaro Indians: * Tsantsa:
    Indian Head-Hunters of the Interior:
    The custom of head-shrinking among the Jivaros.

Achuar Religion and Myth

Dreams of the Future:
    Achuar traditional religion and arutam rituals of the spirit world.
Natem Ceremonies:
    Description of the Achuar use of ayahuasca (called natem in the Achuar language.)
The Eagle and the Condor:
    Achuar prophecy about the future of humanity.

Achuar Politics, Issues, and News

Achuar Nation wins oil victory in Peru * Ecuadorian Shuar and Achuar Indians say no to oil:
    Articles on the struggles of the Achuar people to protect their rainforests from oil development.
The trees are my grandparents:
    Article on the Achuar tribe's use of technology to preserve their culture.

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Additional Resources, Links, and References

  Achuar People:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Achuar Indians.
  Indians of Ecuador: * Indians of Peru:
  Information about the indigenous culture of Ecuador and Peru.
  Cultura Achuar * El Pueblo Achuar * Los Shiwiar: * Los Achuar: * Nacionalidad Indigena: Achuar:
  Information about the Achuares in Spanish.
  Achuar links.

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