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

We end this 2020 with many difficulties that led to the crisis for many organizations, companies, communities, and families around the world. However, we knew how to find the path that allowed us to continue working in solidarity with Shipibo-Konibo families.

Many of the campaigns that we have carried out - and that we have portrayed in all previous reports - have left a small mark on the young people with whom we have been able to work, make friends, and with whom we hope to continue collaborating in their initiatives. We are happy, for example, to have been part of the creation of the Santa Clara Youth Association (in the Santa Clara of Yarinacocha community, near to the city) and to have supported them with various initiatives, workshops, and some environmental training. Today, some of them are already leaders in the community.

Also, we were able to contribute to various campaigns focused on health, training in audiovisual communication and arts, and we encouraged creativity and exploration of some skills that the school does not always promote.

Like every cycle, which begins and ends, this campaign has come to an end; and we are extremely grateful for the immense support that each of you has represented.  2021 awaits us with new projects, ways of working, and initiatives of social and community collaboration; and we want to continue counting on your support with your support!

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Given the recent events involving the rapid spread of COVID-19, the Peruvian government has taken various measures to try to contain this pandemic that has been present for almost half a year now. The vulnerability of the Shipibo people has been shown to be unaddressed by the Peruvian state, and in some cases has even been worsened.

For this reason, Alianza Arkana has developed an emergency fund, with which it is possible to attend priority cases, which were affected directly or also indirectly by the current pandemic. Either for serious cases of coronavirus, but also for accidents, or diseases that require immediate intervention, which cannot be provided by the over demand of hospitals.

For this reason our colleague Ruth, who is 20 years old, is in charge of this fund as an emergency coordinator. Ruth is a young Shipibo woman from the native community of Paoyhan and is in charge of attending the cases, as well as accompanying the families in the different emergency situations. Given the sensibility of the situation, we have decided not to publish photographs of the individual cases but rather to concentrate on providing all the help possible to overcome this tragedy that is affecting the indigenous communities in a devastating way.

So far, funds have been provided to help 38 families from different indigenous communities and from the region, including Nueva Era, Bena Jema, San Francisco, Puerto Belen, Paoyhan, Tushmo, Santa Clara and Yarinacocha. Although this project is planned until the end of August, we will do our best to help and reach more indigenous families who require immediate assistance.
Because of these events and more than ever, the Amazon must remain united in this struggle.

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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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Alianza Arkana

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

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