Pucallpa & The Ucayali

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Pucallpa is the city closest to Arkana. A vibrant and growing jungle town, Pucallpa is as rich culturally as the rainforest is ecologically and Arkana will host many programmes with partner organizations and institutions in the city. 

The Shipibo-Conibo

Pucallpa and the surrounding Ucayali river region is the shamanic heartland of the Peruvian Amazon and many Amazonian cultures including the master curanderos (healers), the Shipibo-Conibo people, who have a vibrant art practice and material culture including embroidery, painting, and the ancient tradition of slip glaze pottery. Their highly distinctive quene design, inspired by the designs taken from visionary journeys with the psychoactive plant medicine ayahuasca, has gained international recognition. Thousands of people travel from afar every year to work with Shipibo-Conibo shamans and powerful teacher plants for personal healing, knowledge, and creative inspiration. We will be hosting several different programs with the Shipibo-conibo community in Pucallpa and the surrounding area that offer opportunities for knowledge exchange and development on humanitarian projects including intercultural education and arts programming, permaculture and sustainable agriculture, building, and waste management projects.

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Visionary Art

Pucallpa itself is a bustling port city with a thriving culture of indigenous art, music, and traditional medicine. The city has also given rise to the growth of its own visionary art movement.  Home once to the late master shaman and artist, Pablo Amaringo, who along with anthropologist Eduardo Luna, founded the Usko-Ayar School of Amazonian Painting.  Pablo’s highly original images, densely populated by rainforest plants and other worldly beings, were revealed to him during his work as a ayahuasquero, a traditional healer who works with the powerful psychoactive plant brew, ayahuasca. Pablo’s work preserves the vibrant esoteric tradition of Vegetalismo (plant spirit shamanism), a cosmovision that evokes a world where human shamans can travel to other ethereal realms to communicate with plant spirits and other beings and receive knowledge to heal the body, mind, and spirit.  His work has become a source of great interest internationally and his school has fostered the growth of many local artists in Pucallpa who have expanded on Amaringo’s unique visionary style.  Arkana takes pride in counting many highly talented local mestizo and indigenous as consultants and faculty. 

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Talented Mauro Reatigue Perez. a former student of Pablo Amaringo, with one of his spectacular visionary paintings

For more information about our work in Pucallpa and with partner organizations, please contact us!