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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

Between 5th _ 8th May, five members from the Santa Clara Community Youth Association of the Ucayali region, took part in the pilot workshop on methodologies for participation with a territorial focus. It was organized by Alianza Arkana with the aim of expanding and strengthening knowledge and promoting actions for Climate Change within the Santa Clara community.

 

Four steps for climate change

The workshop was divided into three phases, with one day dedicated to reflection and feedback. The first phase was focused on the identification of the socio-environmental problems that have occurred over time. We used games and group exercises to draw up the common daily activities and routes that were used ten or more years ago which today are no longer viable due to territorial transformations. We then looked at the losses and lack of basic services that is needed for the environmental, and therefore social health, of the community.

In the second phase we deepened our understanding of the territory. We learnt how to construct a geographic memory map by recalling day to day interactions within the landscape and this allowed us to identify who the key players in the community might be.

In the third phase, we learnt the basic tools for the identification of socio-environmental problems and then how to outline areas for transformation and objectives which would then be the cornerstone of future projects. To finish, we reflected on the importance of thinking about our collective space: its dynamics, its strengths and weaknesses and most importantly, how to do this as young people, supporting and finding solutions together.

This workshop has been facilitated by our colleague and friend David, political scientist and specialist in territorial planning, whom we thank for his practical and didactical way of transmitting knowledge to the group.

 

The Future is positive

A week after the workshops, young people from the community joined in assembly to define the board of directors for the year 2020. Our next step is to come together to outline how we can replicate this pilot workshop in the community, with the intention to deepen the work in each phase. Our goal is to create a socio-environmental analysis of the territory in order to be better prepared for climate change and create a regenerative movement within the community.

With your support, we will be able to create workshops with better material and human resources. Help us sustain young people and their communities in order to help raise awareness about climate change.

 

 

Thank you for supporting us!

 

 

*The Youth Association of Santa Clara  (Asociación de Jóvenes de Santa Clara) is an initiative that comes from the necessity for young people from the community of Santa Clara to strengthen their Shipibo identity, and to develop skills in order to become multi-sectoral change agents (health, environment, education, economy) in their own territory.

 

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Koshi Ainbo: Two Strong Women
Koshi Ainbo: Two Strong Women

Indigenous women, as all the women around the world face discrimination, lack of opportunities, social marginalization, violence... and more.

However, no woman wants to be seen merely as a victim, we want to be seen as Actors in our own life. As women we play a decisive role in our own lives and those in our communities!

Here in Yarinacocha, on March 8th indigenous young women, urban women, western women all embraced our diversity and stood up for our values. We expressed our commitment to support all women while remembering those working women who died during the strike against exploitation in the textile industry in 1911.

To celebrate women, we chose to engage in a collective day of wall painting because of the strong visible message that this form of artistic expression communicates. Koshi Ainbo (Strong Woman) was the main inspiration of our mural. This important theme reminds us how, a century later, we women are still fighting to build an equal and fair society, while validating our ancestral knowledge and strength.

The mural shows..

     ...a Shipibo woman leading the fight while holding the heart of the Amazonia, a beating heart that continues fighting together with its peers. The Ipo Kené - the Plant of Arts, the Ancestral Knowledge and the spots of the Wiso Ino, black female jaguar and protector of the Plant of Love, the Noya Rao support indigenous women and people in the fight.

The chosen colors answer to traditional natural inks: purple -Ami, and yellow -Koron, accompany us through our work strengthening our conexión to Mother Earth. 

 

The Alianza Arkana Team believes Empowerment is a key tool for instigating positive change.

In all of our Program activities we work towards the right of individuals to participate fully in the free expression of ideas while providing safe spaces to share, discuss and promote self awareness. This allows individuals to develop skills to express themselves, solve conflicts, build confidence and  self care, to practice a healthy sexuality and decision making.

At the group level we intend to develop people’s abilities to work together to influence social changes that aim to achieve an equal and fair society which is much needed in gender relations.

Above all, we hope to build a secure and supportive network where individual’s self esteem can be strengthened, especially in the sensitive situations that affect women's wellbeing.

 

As women,

We make each other visible,

We listen to each other, 

We validate each other, we have each other’s back through challenges, 

We help each other to achieve our goals!

 

Thank you all for being part of this Empowering process!

Ichabirres Irake!

Working Artists
Working Artists
Work in Progress
Work in Progress
The Final Art
The Final Art
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Community film is a tool for Social Change and Social Education. It promotes reflection and creates different ways to address community concerns from and for the community. It also empowers indigenous people by providing tools to revalue and revitalize their culture while visualizing their challenges and threats.

To share this experience with the youth of the Native Community of Paoyhan, a team of four film experts from the Peruvian Amazon Association of Filmmakers (ACAPE) designed a workshop especially for them. Twenty-two Shipibo-Konibo high school students benefited from this creative and participatory learning initiative for over a week.

The workshop started by learning audiovisual tools through participatory filmmaking methodologies. All participants used the cameras and all of them are part of the final result. Then the group was divided in two were they choose a topic and discussed how to address it. Later on, every group developed the characters, the scripts and a storyboard was established to decide which video shots were required before visiting the shooting site, the Forest. All together they created their own story as great short film

We are very proud of this first wonderful experience in Paoyhan and its outcomes, two short films. "Bakebo Nii Merakai", “The Children in the Forest”, a small documentary of the testimonies of three teenagers and their relationship with the forest and its medicinal plants. And "Nokon metsa Jema Paoyhan", “Our beautiful Community”, is a song about their community and their customs through the youth eyes. Both short films were filmed by themselves in the medicinal forest "Farmacia Viva Indigena".

To celebrate the competition of both short films they were projected in the community square together with other films created by indigenous filmmakers. The projection under the stars was a big success and the young filmmakers were very happy of their work and the community’s recognition.

 

Let's continue betting on a cinema that connects realities and makes problems visible.

Let's continue betting on a cinema from the community!

The Girls & an ancient Tree
The Girls & an ancient Tree
Jema Films
Jema Films
Filming in the Forest
Filming in the Forest

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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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Alianza Arkana

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