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Mission Statement

Alianza Arkana is a grassroots alliance regenerating the Peruvian Amazon by supporting its indigenous people and their traditions. The wellbeing of life on Earth depends on the resilience of the Amazon Rainforest and its people. Community alliances for regeneration are essential to growing this resilience. Alianza Arkana creates mutual relationships with communities in the Peruvian Amazon to cultivate sustainable solutions and creatively confront the array of eco-social challenges we face today.

Description

By valuing indigenous history, knowledge and ethics while forging grassroots partnerships that confront the challenges and injustices of modernity and colonial history, we are co-creating alternatives for the emergence of a healthy, just, and regenerative future for the Amazon Rainforest and her people.

Our efforts are designed to:

  • Help create sustainable livelihoods where we live and work, and beyond.
  • Combine traditional ancestral knowledge with appropriate Western knowledge and eco-technological innovations.
  • Promote the resilience, wellbeing and regeneration of Amazonian ecosystems and communities.
These tasks bring great challenges, as our team - comprised of Shipibo community members, non-Shipibo Peruvians, and non-Peruvians ­- navigates the delicate terrain of differing cultural understandings and conditioned assumptions on a daily basis. We recognize that in our work we enter a field marked by the legacy of 500 years of colonialism and ongoing discrimination against indigenous people.

The organization is continually evolving. The work is very challenging and we learn from our many mistakes. Currently, we are welcoming very talented and committed volunteers who are helping improve and expand our work. Each of us has been deeply touched by the beauty and richness that is at the heart of Shipibo culture and our work aims to help the Shipibo in their fight to persevere.

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