Education  Peru Project #43189

The Jakon Rate Center for Shipibo-Konibo Studies

by Alianza Arkana
The Jakon Rate Center for Shipibo-Konibo Studies
The Jakon Rate Center for Shipibo-Konibo Studies
The Jakon Rate Center for Shipibo-Konibo Studies
The Jakon Rate Center for Shipibo-Konibo Studies

Asociación Jakon Rate is inspired and guided by the great grandmother whose Shipibo-Konibo name means ‘A Life-Giving Good Surprise’. We are dedicated to creating spaces and facilitating opportunities to practice, learn, and transmit the ancestral wisdom of the Shipibo-Konibo Nation to future generations for the collective wellbeing of life in the Amazon Rainforest and beyond.

The intergenerational transmission of cultural memory, wisdom, and language is a crucial action for the defense and wellbeing of the Shipibo-Konibo Nation, their families, their sovereignty, and their land.


Asociación Jakon Rate Projects:

The Jakon Rate Center for Shipibo-Konibo Studies

Our mission is to create natural, clean, and safe environments for traditional practices to be remembered, regenerated, relearned, and shared throughout the Shipibo-Konibo Nation and the Global Community.

Bakebítimis Midwifery Apprenticeship Program

The ancestral prenatal care, birthing practices, and postnatal care of the Shipibo-Konibo and other Indigenous cultures are at the roots of their nations’ well-being. Experienced elders like the Shipibo-Konibo bakebítimis (midwife / OB-GYN) Delia Mahua Perez are crucial to supporting the health of women and children in their communities. Traditional midwifery and female reproductive health practices must be passed on to future generations to ensure safe childbirth for future Shipibo-Konibo generations.

Jakón Jói Language Program

A living language is a spoken one! Jakón Joí is an intercultural group of native Shipibo-Konibo, Spanish and English speaking enthusiasts who offer Online Group Immersion Classes.Each course and the accompanying lessons cover both everyday spoken Shipibo-Konibo as well as traditional medicine vocabulary, while planting the foundations of this beautiful life-giving good language, message, word or voice. Jakón Jói!

Noya Nete Traditional Samá

The Shipibo-Konibo practice of samá or ‘dieta’ is the most profound method of traditional education. It is a spiritual and therapeutic practice of isolation and abstinence foods and energies while making an intentional and beneficial connection with the energetic consciousness of an allied plant.


Realizing our vision will require a lot of dedication and support. Currently we are creating a permaculture design and designs for all the structures, and we still need to raise funds for the final plot and materiales to begin construction.

The best way you can help and be part of this mission to regenerate and maintain the intergenerational transmission of our Indigenous wisdom is to come and participate in a educational samá or sign up for online Shipibo-Konibo language lessons!

Or help today by sending a donation to make The Jakon Rate Center for Shipibo-Konibo Studies a reality. Every bit helps and it is possible to set up monthly recurring donations that are tax deductible for USA citizens.

All the best from the Jakon Rate family!


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Jakón néte jatíbi: A life-giving good day, space and time everyone,

Jakon Rate / Manuela, Soi Sama / Delia, and the Asociación Jakon Rate/Noya Nete team wish you all the best as the periodic rains begin to mark the end of a very dry dry-season!

With the ongoing economic uncertainty we are initiating actions to provide staple crops of banana, plantain, yuca, corn, and sweet potato for the whole extended family on our recently acquired land. A few small yuca gardens have already been planted on the first 3.4 hectare (8.4 acre) plot of land that was purchased last year. We were also able to harvest some mango and a wild purple potato called sacha papa, and collect fish periodically with nets until the quarantine prohibited us from visiting the land during the height of the flood season, and the best time for fishing. Two months later we were allowed to move freely back and forth to the land.

The day the lockdown went into effect we had scheduled to sign the contracts for a large area of land, consisting of three separate plots next to our original plot. In August, when the public registry reopened, we were able to finally purchase the land. This area is nearly 20 hectares (49 acres) with another 30+ hectares of untitled floodplain that we are able to use for seasonal agriculture and perennial crops like camu camu and aguaje. One of the three new plots includes a 5 hectare (12 acre) food forest with well established oranges, lemons, grapefruit, cashew, caimitos, pomarrosas-rose apples, cacao, and other food sources!

Now we are cleaning the food forest, as it had been abandoned for a few years prior to our purchase, to prepare and plant multiple gardens of staple food crops. We will also build a small traditional house with a shebon leaf roof and a cool raised floor made of pona palm trunks. This house will serve as Manuela’s first official home on the land and will provide a space for family members to stay and keep an eye on the land while working to create food sovereignty for all of us as we begin to construct the foundations for The Jakon Rate Center For Shipibo-Konibo Cultural Studies!

Please help us to provide food for Manuela, Delia, and all of our families as we clean the food forest and establish staple crops to help sustain our families through the coming rainy season.

We need your help to cover our basic food needs, as well as funds to prepare our land for planting, and when possible, create a topographic map of the land so we can begin to create a permaculture design for the land and begin creating Manuela’s dream.

Our goal is to raise $40,000 by the end of the year!

As a way to provide this support we welcome you to make a donation that can be applied to joining us in the future once boders have opened and we have defined our schedule. This could be done through a one-time donation or a series of monthly donations.

With love,

The Jakon Rate Family

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Hello everyone!
Since our last report in February, we were in the process of acquiring the largest piece of land associated with THE JAKON RATE CENTER FOR SHIPIBO-KONIBO STUDIES, and one day prior to initiating the paper work a national quarantine was declared on the 16th of March and nearly all of our work had been put on hold.

Prior to the quarantine, a group of family members had been out on the 3.4 hectare plot, clearing overgrowth, tending to the first gardens planted, and preparing new plots. Once the family finished their work and returned back to the city, further protective restrictions where enforced by the community and we had been unable to return to the land until mid June.

Thankfully, most of us have been able to avoid getting sick, and the family members who have gotten sick have quickly recovered with the help of medicinal plant remedies. Recently, restrictions with the quarantine have slowly been lifting and we hope to finalize the paperwork for the 12.6 hectare plot on the eastern side that will provide the space for the traditional school infrastructure and other spaces for regenerative agricultural initiatives to complement and support the objectives of the school.

Please make a small donation today and sign up to make a small recurring monthly donation to help Jakon Rate.

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Association Jakon Rate, in collaboration with Alianza Arkana, is happy to report that have we have received the support to acquire the second of three plots of land to make THE JAKON RATE CENTER FOR SHIPIBO-KONIBO STUDIES a reality!

We have been building our team and will soon be launching our website where you can learn more about how we create spaces for the Shipibo-Konibo and outsider allies to practice, learn, and advance the application of our Indigenous worldview, wisdom, language, and customs to live in balance with the Jakón Néte - 'the life-giving good world'.

Jakon Rate and her family have been able to locate a beautiful piece of land 8 km from the cities of Yarina and Pucallpa that is a raised peninsula of forest and farmland, which extends out, east to west, in the natural flood plain between the oxbow lakes of Cashibococha and Yarinacocha! Below you can observe its location in reference to the city of Yarina.

Initially Jakon Rate purchased a 3.4 hectare plot in the middle of the peninsula (outlined in green) and are now purchasing the large 12.6 hectare plot on the eastern side that will provide the space for the traditional school infrastructure and other spaces for regenerative agricultural initiatives to complement and support the objectives of the school. We can now begin drawing out the regenerative design for the land while we continue to work on acquiring the final plot on the western tip. The Shipibo-Konibo community of San Salvador is located to the west (the backwards ‘L’ shape on the right).

Please consider making a small donation today or sign up to make a recurring monthly donation to help Jakon Rate.

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Alianza Arkana

Location: Yarinacocha, Ucayali - Peru
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Brian Best
Yarinacocha, Ucayali Peru
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