A traditional gathering place in the community of Unkum, deep in the Amazon rainforest.
October 2, 2015 – Today, the Regional Government of Amazonas declared the 93,000 acre Tijae Nain Conservation Concession. This area protects some of the world’s most biodiverse and beautiful Amazon rainforests in northern Peru and helps preserve the indigenous Awajun culture, which is deeply embedded in these vital forests. The Tijae Nain Conservation and Production Association and NCI’s own Awajun staff have worked together for the past 18 months to make today’s declarations a reality.
The Awajun communities of Unkum and Ankaish are well off the beaten path, and trips to meet with them required two to three days of boat travel. During these trips, our staff frequently stayed at a traditional home in Unkum where they were hosted by the 90-year-old mother of the Unkum community’s leader, also known as the Apu. The Awajun people living in Unkum and Ankaish are far enough removed from Peru’s mainstream jungle towns that many of their cultural traditions and customs are still observed in daily life.