The Shipibos


The Shipibo tribe is an ethnic group of the Peruvian Amazon, it is known in the modern world by their skill to made handicrafts with designs of abstract geometric shapes, and by their prominent and famous shamans who are considered as the best because they dominate the world of spiritual dimensions and mental power whose application in health favors the wellness of humanity.

The Shipibo tribe has an approximate population of 30,000 inhabitants, they live in villages of 20 to 200 families, the village is led by a Chief elected by all members, their traditional and political organization form is protected by laws promulgated by the Peruvian State; by ancestral right and legally they are owners of large tracts of land.

The life of this tribe depends directly on the resources that exist in their territories, they make management and sustainable use of their natural resources, they practice fishing and hunting, they develop subsistence agriculture; they generate economy with the commerce of the crafts, the wood and the cultivation of banana and corn.

Despite the pressures of modern life, they have been able to resist and maintain their cultural traditions for centuries. A Shipibo is proud of its language and its dress, although at present it lives two cultures: traditional and modern.

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