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Shuar Culture and History

As a complement to our Shuar language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Shuar tribe and their society. The emphasis of these pages is on Shuars and other American Indians as living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Shuar history is interesting and important, but the Shuar 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. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

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Shuar Lifestyle and Tradition

Map of Shuar Associations: * Indigenous People of Ecuador:
    Maps showing the location of Shuar tribal territory in Ecuador.
The Jibaro Tribes:
    Map of the different Jivaro tribes in Ecuador and Peru.
    Profile of the Shuar tribe from NativeWeb.
Shuar: Talking with Ecuadorian Amazon medicine men:
    Interesting interview with two Shuar uwishin (shamans) about the religion and cultural traditions of their people.
The Jivaroans:
    Information on Achuar, Shiviar and Shuar culture and traditions, with photographs.
Ayahuasca and Mental Health Among the Shuar:
    Interesting study suggesting that ayahuasca use has psychological benefits for Shuar people.
Jivero Tribe:
    History and culture of the Shuar people.
The Amazon Headhunters * Indian Head-Hunters: * Tsantsa:
    Tsanta: Shrunken Heads of the Jivaro Indians
    Articles on the custom of head-shrinking among the Jivaros.
Jivaro Indian Culture:
    Fact sheet on the Shuar/Jivaro Indians.
Shuar Cultural Objects:
    Museum exhibit with photographs of Shuar clothing, bowls, and other artifacts.

Books for sale on the Shuar Indians
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Alejandro Tsakimp: A Shuar Healer in the Margins of History:
    Fascinating biography of a contemporary Shuar medicine man.
Spirit of the Shuar:
    Collection of legends and oral history told by Shuar tribal members.
The Jivaro: People of the Sacred Waterfalls:
    Classic ethnography of the Shuar tribe.
To Drink of Death:
    Shuar language narrative, with English translation, glosses, and grammatical information.
Crude Chronicles:
    Book about the conflicts between oil drilling companies and indigenous communities in Ecuador.
American Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Shuar * Jívaro:
   Encyclopedia articles on the Shuar Indians.
   Los Shuar * Pueblo Shuar * Cultura Jivero * Muyunmaya Awajunik * Indigenas Shuar: * Etnia Shuar:
   Information about the Shuars in Spanish.
   Shuar links.

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