ASOMASHK, the Shipibo-Konibo Association of Onanyabo (ancestral healers), has developed a treatment and revitalization protocol for Shipibo communities heavily hit by COVID-19. In partnership with Chaikuni Institute and the Temple of the Way of Light, they successfully reached 333 people in 10 communities. And now, also supported by the Shipibo Conibo Center, they aim to reach farther along the Ucayali River to continue their work and develop strategies for long-term care and crisis response.
The pandemic has heavily impacted Indigenous communities in the Amazon. Many are reeling from the trauma of illness and death, mental health and psychosocial impacts, and without adequate and accurate information on health and safety. This is compounded by the systemic neglect of Indigenous communities by the state that has consistently failed to prioritize the right to health of Indigenous populations. As a result, organic strategies of mutual aid and care are emerging and have become vital.
Delegates will travel to Shipibo communities and hold free information sessions to combat misinformation and promote preventive health measures within standard medical care, provide treatment using ancestral healing techniques, and collect data related to the triage, diagnosis, and treatment of patients for further analysis in the development of strategies for long-term care and crisis response. Funds will cover the costs of transportation, food, lodging, supplies, materials, and stipends.
With a vast knowledge of medicinal plants, ASOMASHK aims to elevate the collective health of the Shipibo Nation and rebuild a sustainable Indigenous network of care based on medical pluralism. As current conditions favor an opportunity to claim the right to self-determination, there is the potential for ASOMASHK to gain greater institutional legitimacy, towards the possibility of collaboration with national and international health organizations in a new framework of mutual respect and advocacy.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).