“And our message to our friends,” says Manari Ushigua, sitting within the Amazonian rainforest which is alive with the sounds of life, “is that the world and nature can come together, united, to defend our lives as human beings and the life of planet earth.”
UNESCO formally recognized the wealth of cultural and indigenous-knowledge of the Sápara in 2001 as a “Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”
This from Earth First Journal:
“For the Sápara Peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon, “Sinchi”, or “sacred” is the term that best describes their ancestral language and forests. Though abundant with meaning, the Sápara never had a word for “sacred”. There was simply no need for it until they faced the threat of possible extinction. The term “sacred” became crucial in the Sápara’s battle to garner attention and support from those around them.” [Link below]
Find another rich, insightful article on the Sapara, the wealth of insight and experience they offer the world, and an interview with Gloria Ushigua, at Cultural Survival.
Featured photo 1: Manari Ushigua, President of the Sápara Nation in Ecuador. Photo: Daniel Cima/CIDH. (CC)
Photo 2 of Gloria Ushigua, Global Spirit TV – Earth Wisdom for a World in Crisis.