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The Asháninka are the second largest indigenous group in Peru.
They live in the rainforests near the headwaters that feed the
Amazon River, their ancestral homes are in the forests of Junin,
Pasco, Huanuco and parts of Ucayali Estimates of the number of
Asháninka living in Peru are between 25,00 - 45,000. this is a
remote zone and numbers of Asháninka have chosen "voluntary
isolation"preferring to remain "uncontacted".

The "internal armed conflict" in Peru during the 1980s to 2000s
severely affected the Asháninka in the Ene, Tambo and Perence
regions. Precise numbers do not exist "10,000 Asháninka were
displaced, 6,000 Asháninka died,and 5,000 Asháninka were taken
captive in their forest communities by the Shining Path (a Maoist
group) and between 30-40 Asháninka communities disappeared" 1
The Truth and reconciliation Commission, Peru august 28th, 2003
2.8 Los Pueblos Indigenas y el caso de los Asháninka P.24

Tsimi – the Asháninka Bioclimatic Association
SANCORE (Association of Asháninka Coffee producers)
The Asháninka Photography Project

A hydro-electric dam,the Paquitzapango Dam would impact the Otishi National Park and the Ashaninka Communal Reserve. Many Ashaninka would lose their lands, livelihoods and means of subsistence.

CARE Central Asháninka del Rio Ene.

About DAMS - International Rivers Slideshow

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Rio Ene Peru Ashaninka Communal ReserveAn Ashaninka man walks home along the banks of the Ene River.   Bosque de los ninosBosque de los Niños - a project started by Joaquín Leguía , managed in the Rio Tambo by ACPC   Ashaninka Child ©Angela CumberbirchA young Ashaninka child Rio Ene Peru Ashaninka Communal ReserveAerial shot of the Ene River, during the dry season. To the right is an Ashaninka home in a clearing in the forest. Rio Ene Peru Ashaninka Communal ReserveSANCORE - (Association of Ashaninka Coffee Growers) load their harvest for sale to a collective.   Rio Ene Peru Ashaninka Communal ReserveEarly dawn and the moisture is still rising from the forest; An Ashaninka village hidden among the trees Rio Ene Peru Ashaninka Communal ReserveYoung Ashaninka boys return from bathing in the river. Ashaninka ©Angela CumberbirchView through the bamboo poles of an Ashaninka house.
  Ashaninka Peru © Angela CumberbirchWeaving the roof of a home from palm leaves. This is generally a collective activity, neighbors pitch in to help. Ashaninka Cocoa pods seeds dryom amazon river ashaninka peruChecking the organic beans that are drying in the sun.   Cocoa pods beans organic Drying cocoa beans.
Asjhannka rio ene © Angela CumberbirchAshaninka woman laughing
Ashaninka Masato ©Angela CumberbirchPreparing Masato - a traditional Ashaninka beverage made from chewed, fermented yucca and camote.     Ashaninka Preparing Monkey ©Angela CumberbirchPreparing monkey for the evening meal.     Ashaninka Weaving ©Angela CumberbirchWeaving a strap for a Tsaroto, a traditional Ashaninka bag that all men carry.   Ashaninka kitchen Peru amazon ene river An Ashaninka kitchen; smoking a Zungaro (a giant catfish) . barbasco, indigenous, fish-stunner, food, ashaninka,peru,amazonLeaves of a plant (Barbasco.) that stuns fish, being pounded inside a hollowed out tree trunk. Ashaninka Peru © Angela CumberbirchPreparing breakfast at first light. fish, catfish, zungaro, preparation,indigenous,peru,ashaninka,amazonPreparing zungaro, a giant catfish. Ashaninka Young Boy ©Angela CumberbirchA young Ashaninka boy with traditional face designs made from te crushed seeds of the achiote (bixa orellana) fruit. Achiote bixa orellana, annato, ashaninka peru amazon shrub The flower and immature fruit of the achiote (bixa orellana) shrub.   Ashaninka Girls ©Angela CumberbirchThree young Ashaninka girls     Ashaninka Breakfast©Angela CumberbirchBreakfast time - An Ashaninka mother serves food to the children in this small two-family village.     Ashaninka Men Eating ©Angela CumberbirchAshaninka men share the morning meal.     Ashaninka Ritual ©Angela CumberbirchA traditional Ashaninka healing ritual - medicinal plants and cold water are heated with hots stones to purify the body.     ashaninka women's meeting Luzmilla ShiricienteChildren line up before the first classof the day. Ashaninka children in traditional dress and adornements © Angela Cumberbirch All Right ReservedAshaninka children with traditional face designs and jewelry , in a very remote village in the high mountain forest.

Ashaninka Family  ©Angela CumberbirchAn Ashaninka house in the igh mountain forest

    Ashaninka Foraging ©Angela CumberbirchOff to tend to a chacre, (a smallvegetable plot) where yucca, beans and other vegetables are grown     Ashaninka  Ronderos ©Angela CumberbirchAshaninka Ronderos: Ronderos were given some guns by the Army to protect themselves against attack during the armed conflict.     Ashaninka Children on beseiged village ©Angela CumberbirchYoung children huddle together during the chilly dawn of the high mountain forests.     Ashaninka Home ©Angela CumberbirchAn Ashaninka home in an area over-taken by squatting colonists fromthe Andes. Traditional Ashaninka homes are not enclosed by walls.     Ashaninka MAsato OfferingGuests are offered Masato, a traditional Ashaninka beverage.           Ashaninka walking home ©Angela CumberbirchAshaninka women cross the plano in the dry season to deliver goods to the village in the distance.     Ashaninka Football ©Angela CumberbirchFootall is a favorite pastime of the Ashaninka     Ashaninka FootBall Feet  ©Angela CumberbirchAshaninka boys with their football.     Ashaninka cushma weaving peru amazonCotton is harvested, spun, dyed with vegetable dyes and woven into Cushma's, the traditional dress, which can take upto 3 months to complete.     Ashaninka  Dawn Visit  ©Angela CumberbirchA husband and wife wearing the traditional hand-made cushma (left) and a dress from purchased cloth (right).     Ashaninka Men Traditional and presentPast and Future dressA father and son - showing the past traditional dress (still worn daily by many of the older Asaninka) and worn by all for important occasions such as visits to neighbors and ceremonial occasions ,and the current mode of dree worn by many young men.           Ashaninka Vilage at night ©Angela Cumberbirchan Ashaninka village at nightfall.     Ashaninka Large Rat  ©Angela CumberbirchA forest rat near the Parijaro waterfall.     Ashaninka Sacred Waterfall Parijaro ©Angela CumberbirchParijaro, a sacred Ashaninka waterfall.     Cordillera Vilcabamba   ©Angela CumberbirchAerial viewof the Cutivireni River, a fast running white water river - main tributary to the Ene.

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