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Jr. Aguaytia
Pucallpa, Ucayali

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Paintings by Lastenia Canayo

Lastenia Canayo is a 54 year old Shipibo artist. She was born in the native community of Roaboya but has lived in Yarina, the indigenous part of the city of Pucallpa, since she was eight years old.

Her name in Shipibo is Pecon Quena, which means 'she who calls the colors'. She has been painting the spirits of Amazonian medicinal plants and animals since she was a child and has been featured in national exhibitions of Amazonian art.

Her vision is completely unique and her work has been used to illustrate books about Shipibo culture and medicinal plants.