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Jr. Aguaytia
Pucallpa, Ucayali

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Telas from Paoyan

Poayan is a relatively remote Shipibo community that we at Alianza Arkana owe a huge amount to. It is home to the Mahua family, who embody a strong ancestry of some of the most knowledgeable and skilled Shipibo healers. Some close relatives of these healers are featured individually in this shop.

Fairness is hugely important in Shipibo culture. Healers who work with foreigners can all too often attract jealousy due to their income and the level of care for their family that these relationships can attract. In Poayan, there are few opportunities to earn an income due to its distance from the city. More and more families are being forced to migrate to Pucallpa to support a life that increasingly requires money.

Many Shipibo, in more remote communities, are still able to live in abundance from nature - though Poayan, and many other communities, now suffer from harsh floods for 3 months of every year due to climate change and large-scale agriculture up river. They are therefore no longer able to grow many staple foods and increasingly need money to bring foods in from the city, a twelve-hour boat ride away.

By supporting the incredible artwork of the women of Poayan, who are not part of the immediate Mahua family, and therefore do not have the same opportunity to trade their work, we are aiming to re establish a level of fairness and trust within this community, and help numerous families with their income.