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Florencia Portocarrero

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When Art, Healing, Ecology and Politics Travel the Same Path

Maya Maya Bainkin: Moving Forward in Circles. Shipibo Art and Future at the Centro Cultural Inca Garcilaso

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  2. The countries that “share” the Amazon are: Brazil (64.4 %); Peru (9.7%); Bolivia and Suriname (7% each); Colombia (6.6%); Venezuela (5.9%); Guyana (2.1%); Ecuador (1.6%); French Guiana (0.8%).

  3. The Shipibo is a non-profit cultural organization based in New York that is situated in the context of contemporary art and knowledge production, and promotes and perpetuates the creative ways of life of the Shipibo-Konibo people of the Peruvian Amazon. See more at:

  4. The Centro Cultural Inca Garcilaso belongs to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and seeks to contribute in a professional manner to implement the Cultural Policy Plan of Peru Abroad. It is a space of convocation and confluence, open to the cultural diversity of the country. Under the general curatorship of Gredna Landolt, it has a long history of hosting projects by indigenous artists. See more at:

  5. Icaro, is the common name used to name the sacred chants used in Peruvian Amazonian traditional medicine. They are chants used by healers, especially the Shipibo, in healing rituals. They have three dimensions: energetic, sonorous and semantic. They were declared “Cultural Heritage of the Nation” in 2016.

  6. Luisa Elvira Belaunde (2009). Learn more at:

  7. The term entheogens was introduced to describe the properties of some medicinal plants such as ayahuasca and to avoid the connotations associated with both the word hallucinogen (considered inaccurate and pejorative) and the term psychedelic (too closely linked to the counterculture of the 1960s).

  8. Chonon Bensho was recently the winner of the MUCEN National Painting Contest, being the first indigenous woman to be recognized with this award, considered one of the most important in the country.

  9. Shipibo-Konibo-Xetebo Ancestral Medical Onanyabo Association. The five healers were: Elisa Vargas Fernández, Walter Ramiro López López, Rogelia Valera Gonsález, Claudio Sinuiri Lomas and Francisco Vargas Fernández.


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