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Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association

by Alianza Arkana
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Shipibo young Fashion Designers & Alianzas Team
Shipibo young Fashion Designers & Alianzas Team

The project is off to a strong start with two ancestral technique workshops held during August. Project participants were eager to learn from both workshops and consider how they can make each technique modified for contemporary slow fashion.

First, was the 3 day workshop of familiarizing how to work with the fiber Caña Brava. The teacher, Raul, at Caserio 11 de Agosto provided a model of what the process of designing and making can look like. The youth worked through designing what they could make with the technique and made illustrations of where the fiber would be applied. After designing the youth were able to get started on practicing the technique of weaving with caña brava. Their creations varied from jewelry, clothing accessories, purses, hand held fans and baskets. 

The following waist looming workshop is the Shipibo traditional technique referred to as the Mabanti. This is the technique used to make the Shipibo women’s Xitonti (embroidered skirts). Their 7 day long workshop brought the youth to learn the process of preparing cotton in its natural form to be used for weaving and looming. Fortunate to have two teachers, Lydia & Lila, the youth were guided at every step of the timely phases. In handling the cotton: carefully separating it from its seed, spreading the cotton, combining the small spreads of cotton, to the condensing of the fiber so it may be spun into thread.

As the cotton was ready the teachers then taught the process of using natural dyes. The group were able to work with three different natural dyes which originate in the amazon “Mashe” (achote/Bixa orellana) gives an orange color, “Ami” (sanipanga) furnishes a purple color, and “Koron” (turmeric) is a yellow color. Of no surprise the youth enjoyed this part of the experience as it  brought color to the cotton they would be working with.

The last step and the most difficult step of the process was starting to prepare the weaving wood pieces.  Teachers worked with the youth properly assemble the various components and situated the cotton that will make the final product. Here is where youth selected the color cotton and sequence it will be woven into.

This month we also held a workshop exposing the youth to fashion illustration. They have learned the techniques of taking other illustrations as inspiration and adapting them to their Shipibo style.

To elaborate on those modified illustrations we used natural dyes out of household items to paint (beets for purple, coffee for browns & greens), along with the same ones utilized to naturally dye the threads.

Thank you all for bringing ancestral techniques closer to the shipibo Youth and help us empower them through Sustainable Fashion.

Irake!

Cana Brava basket
Cana Brava basket
Natural dyings: Tumeric & Achiote
Natural dyings: Tumeric & Achiote
Preparing cotton in its natural form
Preparing cotton in its natural form
Work in progress
Work in progress
Three generation!
Three generation!

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Visual Identity
Visual Identity

We are excited!

We started preparing the workspace and announcing the beginning of our fashion design course that revalues the Shipibo ancestral art. From its amazing geometry the logo was born and the photographic language was chosen, both as a method to communicate to our target audience. We also launched an online questionnaire for candidates to fill out and to go through the selection phase. The feedback was really positive, every day more people are asking about the iniciative and are loooking forward to participate.

At the same time we have been contacting fashion designers and book authors who address themes such as zerowaste in fashion, eco-sustainability, fair trade, patronage, and sewing techniques in order to invit them to be part of the project and to collaborate by donating their books. We received two positive responses from Timo Rissanen, author of "Zero Waste Fashion Design" and from Jane Miburn, author of “Slow Clothing”, both books arriving in the next couple of weeks, we are so grateful for their support.

Finally, our first workshop will take place in the city of Cusco from the 22-25th of June. We will be learning about the ancient techniques, such as waist loom, natural dying and other weaving practices, it will be a great inspiration and an opportunity to learn form other cultures. It also will provide the possibility to develop networks with other artesans and further options to allocate our designs in the future.

Here in Ucayali, we also started cordinating Caña Brava workshop in the community "Caserio 11 de Agosto". This waiving technique uses palm tree fibres for artcraft and household items. Sadly, this practice is slowly beeing displaced among the Shipibo, so we want to bring it closer to the youth for them to find ways to incorporate in their designs and daily lifes.

 

We still have a lot to do, but every day we are a step closer to our goal: Empowering Indigenous Youth! We believe cultural revaluation is a great way to do so, specially combined with future Shipibo Fashion Designers,

We sincerly thank you all for supporting this initiative and we will be sharing our next steps with you.

Cana Brava box
Cana Brava box
Cana Brava hut
Cana Brava hut
Wokplace preparation
Wokplace preparation
our space!
our space!
Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning

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The community of Santa Clara was once known as the land of flowers.The Youth Association of Santa Clara want to reclaim this title, as a way of generating tourism in their community and attracting wildlife. In a previous workshop, Alianza Arkana and the Youth Association made eco-pots for the hibiscus seedlings - using PET bottles.

We planted these Hibiscus seedlings along the main streets of the community over the course of two working days. The community members will collectively water and maintain the flowers. The Youth Association of Santa Clara have a great team spirit - we are eager to start planning our upcoming workshops! 

Cooperation with the Youth Association of Santa Clara on workshop coordination is going very well. The youth are showing a great deal of initiative in every project presented to them. For each coming project, a project coordinator from the Youth Association has been assigned. These coordinators are in charge of:

  • Collaborating  with the external experts involved in the workshops.
  • Coordinating some of the materials for the workshops.

The English classes are already taking place 3 times a week with the help of Mark, a professional English teacher. The youth are showing enthusiasm in learning English and learning the key phrases that will help them to attract more tourism in their community. They are progressing quickly and are helping eachother to learn and improve.

We have already started gathering the materials for the art and environmental awareness workshops – these workshops will take place over the course of the following month. A major difficulty that we experienced and will continue to experience is the heavy rain, which oftenly impedes on our visits to the community. The weather led to the delay of one workshop. We are currently thinking of viable alternatives in the case of heavy rain so that the workshops continue to take place.

On the 11th and 12th of December the Youth Association will present their results of the workshops to the whole community of Santa Clara. We will keep you up to date!

Paoyhan villagers receiving updated insurance
Paoyhan villagers receiving updated insurance

The following is an updated report of the work that has been carried out from the month of May 2018 up until the month of July 2018.

INTERCULTURAL HEALTH

Health Insurance for Paoyhan

On the 5th and 6th of May, we set out to do a Health Insurance workshop in the community of Paoyhan. The objective was to inform the community members about:

  • How to get health insurance
  • How to get national IDs (required for health insurance)
  • What are the rights and benefits of getting insurance
  • Organizing logistics and information to issue health insurance for community members, as well as National ID cards for newborn babies.

We carried out the workshop over 2 afternoons, with our shipibo staff which is composed of Shipibo nurse Silveria Pino Canayo, and Shipibo nursing student, Marcelita Suarez. Over the course of the workshop we realized that:

  • Many people do not know about health insurance benefits.
  • Many people did not know what things were free vs paid.
  • People raised the point of discrimination and lack of resources in hospitals.
  • Many people are denied proper attention due to discrimination issues.

We have been lucky enough to know Silveria, our shipibo nurse and ally, who could answer a variety of questions and properly oriented attendants, even referencing them specific allies of hers in the hospitals, so that they could get proper attention. At the end of the workshop, we gathered a list of more than 80 people who wanted to get their insurance status updated (for it to be active). We successfully activated their insurance status thanks to SIlveria and Marcella. Oscar, the local nurse, will be in charge of getting insurance for those lacking so, once the information is updated.

After our first visit in May, at the end of the month, we did another visit in order to deliver insurance updated statuses. People were extremely overjoyed and in the next round of visits, we got a list of 196 people this time, who were interested in updating their insurance status.

Why update insurance status?

Because of changes in recent government protocols, some insurance becomes annulled. It is necessary then, to update the status in government systems. If insurance is not updated, individuals do not have access to regular care.

Helping in getting IDs for mothers in Paoyhan

After our very successful sessions in Paoyhan regarding information sessions on insurance and ID, thanks to our new community health worker, Nora, we funded travel expenses for 11 mothers who came to Pucallpa to get IDs for their newborn babies. This is extremely important, because without IDs, babies are not able to get insurance. Now we are currently in the process of delivering forms to the 11 mothers so that we can pick up the IDs for them, presenting a form that will cut the costs of the 11 mothers traveling again.

PAP Campaign follow-up work in Bena Jema

After a very successful PAP smear campaign in Bena Jema in March, the results are finally in. However, we have learned a lot about the lack of resources at the hospitals and have been running into some logistical issues: The results took a long time due to the fact that there is only one person who can read the results. Now, even though the results are ready, there is no one to digitize them at the hospital due to lack of hospital budget. We are trying to solve this issue by delivering the results as soon as possible and through Silveria’s contacts. However, even though we have been running into problems with the results, we are still continuing to deliver follow-up work. We are in the process of organizing a plant-medicine workshop for gynecological health, hosted by Carolina Mahua, per request of the mothers. We are very excited to do this workshop at the end of the month, and produce a zine, which will gather all the recipes that come out of this workshop, through collective knowledge.

Women’s Health Workshop in Paoyhan

As a way of measuring our health impact and work, we replicated our women’s health workshop in Paoyhan, with Marcella, Silveria, and our reproductive health expert, Jessica Northridge, at the end of June. The workshop was quite successful and women had many questions about their health. We even collected preliminary data to measure learning and understanding of topics during the workshop. Topics touched upon included: menstruation, menopause, STDs, and Cervical Cancer. Jessica will write a blog about the workshop the month of July. Women are eager to organize a PAP campaign, just like in Bena Jema, which is very good news for us.

YOUTH WORK

Developing Skills and Avenues for Self Expression through Hip Hop in Paoyhan

The month of June was also super exciting because we hosted a Hip Hop weekend workshop with the youth and children of Paoyhan. We brought special hip hop artists and youth workers from Lima, who formed such special bonds with the participants. During the workshops, we hosted movie nights, we wrote songs, did stencils, and even prepared an evening show, where the youth prepared their own choreography. The workshop was incredibly successful! At some point, we had more than 70 participants, who were very engaged, eager, and found a special place to express themselves artistically, through dance, painting, and instruments. Participants formed special bonds with the facilitators, resulting in them communicating often even after the workshop was over. Participants, especially the youth, requested another similar workshop, but only for teens. We are happy about this, because this means that the youth are starting to have ideas of their own that they want to see happen. We are excited about mentoring them and for Wendy’s presence in guiding the process. You can watch the video we made HERE

NEW ADDITIONS TO OUR TEAM STAFF

We are happy and proud of introducing a new member of our team, Silveria Pino Canayo, who has officially joined us under a paid salary since mid-June. Silveria is a shipibo nurse, who has extensive experience as an intercultural health expert, health advocate, and community health worker. Since working with her on a per-workshop basis, we became saw the incredible work that she has been able to contribute to the table, and thus, we saw the importance of hiring her. She is already such a great addition to our team!

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS:

Bena Jema: Luzmila, Amelia, Maritza

Paoyhan: Nora

FUTURE PROJECTIONS

  • We have now seen that since our intercultural health work has expanded considerably, our work has bifurcated into two avenues: a) Intercultural Health Work b) Youth Empowerment.
  • We hope to continue to support both programs in the future by both increasing shipibo staff members, and increasing their hours (i.e. salary)
  • We are happy to continue our intercultural health work and advocacy, bridging resources to community members. Now that our young shipibo nurse in training, Marcella, will soon graduate from nursing school at the end of this year, 2018, we look forward to hiring her full time, thus increasing her salary. We are also happy to continue supporting Silveria on our team.
  • We are looking into deepening our youth work, both in Bena Jema and Paoyhan, which means we are looking to hire one extra shipibo member.
  • We’ve seen great value in mentoring and hosting internships for our shipibo youth who are studying in the city. This not only equips them with skills to be able to afront expectations in a new academic setting, but it also offers them applied learning skills and an intercultural environment where they can learn from our volunteers or team members through skills transfers. Successful cases in terms of marketing and communications internships have already been documented (Non Kene) and we wish to replicate this model in other areas of Alianza Arkana, through our youth programs. Thus, we would like an internship coordinator to support the effort.
  • We want to continue to offer our staff members professional development opportunities to improve their skills and abilities during work.
Mothers doing paperwork for their children
Mothers doing paperwork for their children's ID
Bena Jema mothers planning plant medicine workshop
Bena Jema mothers planning plant medicine workshop
Women
Women's Health workshop in Paoyhan
Youth in Paoyhan with our Hip Hop Facilitators
Youth in Paoyhan with our Hip Hop Facilitators
Silveria, our newest team member!
Silveria, our newest team member!
 

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Alianza Arkana

Location: Yarinacocha, Ucayali - Peru
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Macarena Arias
Yarinacocha, Ucayali Peru
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