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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 People of the Peruvian Amazon:
    Website of the Achuar tribe in Peru, with cultural and political information.
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.

Books for sale on the Achuar Indians

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 companies and indigenous communities in Ecuador.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

Achuar Lifestyle and Tradition

The Achuar People:
    Detailed information about Achuar lifeways, with sketches and a map.
Peoples of the Rainforest: The Achuar Indians * The Jivaroans:
    Information on Achuar culture and traditions, with photographs.
The Shiwiar Rainforest Intiative:
    PDF files describing the Shiwiar environment and traditional life.
The Achuar of Kapawi:
    Photographs and cultural information about the Achuar community of the Kapawi Ecological Reserve.
Jivaro Indian Head-Hunters * Tsanta: Shrunken Heads of the Jivaro Indians: * Tsantsa:
    Articles on the custom of head-shrinking among the Jivaros.
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.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Achuar People:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Achuar Indians.
   Pueblo Achuar * El Achuar * Los Shiwiar: * Los Achuar: * Nacionalidad Indigena: Los Achuar:
  Information about the Achuares in Spanish.
  Achuar links.

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