VISIONS OF THE AMAZON
A Kichwa Shamanic Tradition in Ecuador
with
Ecuadorian Shaman - Clever Grefa Licuy
Good Morning - “Alli Punjha”

Welcome! -

“Alli Shamuskanguichi”

My name is….

- Nuka shuti kan…..

How are you? - Imas n...
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Ecuador
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Ecuador

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•

Andes
divides
country from
north to
south.

The Amazon
basin is 40%
of Ecuador.
The Amazon Rainforest
“The Lungs of Our Planet”
20% of worlds oxygen!
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The Amazon Rainforest

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•
•

•

Largest rainforest in the world.
1 of 4 medicines in pharmacies
today comes from ...
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The Kichwa

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•
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•

Population of around 2.5
million, living in Bolivia,
Peru and Ecuador

Originally nomadic
Co...
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The Kichwa Food and Drink
Page 10

Clever Grefa Licuy

•

•
•

•

5th generation Kichwa
shaman, trained by father
since childhood.

Come from the Ki...
The Kichwa Shamanic Tradition
“Ruku Samayta Yachay”
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The Kichwa- Shaman Tradition

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•

•
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Animist tradition
Pachamama = Mother
Nature

Sumak Kausay - Living in
har...
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Shamanic Visions
The yachak visits other worlds
to gather healing energies

• Upper world = Awa pacha
• Middle wo...
Page 14

The Kichwa Shamanic Tradition

•

•

Yachaks (shamans)
have the ability to
shape shift into sacred
animals.
• Jag...
Page 15

Destruction of the Amazon Rainforest

2n large cause of
Global Warming

Loss of indigenous
people’s home
and cult...
Ruku Samay – The wisdom of the ancestors

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•
•

Started the shamanic ecolodge in 1990’s.
Receive guests from
around the ...
ACTIVITY
Pacha Mama Earth Ceremony Chant
Pacha Mama
Awa Pacha
Uray Pacha

Hey Hey Hey
Rye Rye Rye
Ree Ree Ree
Thank you very much!
“Ashkara Pagrachuni”
Grefa Licuy Family Tree
Ruku Samay Mission:
• Preserves the rainforest and culture of its
people through sustainable ecotourism.
• Fosters sharing...
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  • Ecuador is a small country in S. America with seashore on the Pacific Ocean and with the Andes dividing the country from north to south. Ecuador is generally comprised of 4 Regions: CoastHighlandsGalapago IslandsAmazoniaThe Ecuadorian Amazon basin is around 40% of Ecuador.
  • Ecuador is generally comprised of 4 Regions: CoastHighlandsGalapago IslandsAmazoniaThe Ecuadorian Amazon basin is around 40% of Ecuador.
  • 30% of the world’s wildlife and plants live in the Amazon. One out of every four medicines in pharmacies today comes from the rainforest. Only about 1% of the plants have been officially studied.
  • The Kichwa are skillful navigators and cultivators living near the riverbanks where they practice cultivation, fishing and hunting.
  • Typical Kichwa food includes yucca, plantains, fruits, meat from jungle animals, fish smoked in leaves, palm leaves, roots, flowers .
  • A highly trained rainforest guide certified by the Ecuadorian ministry of Tourism Expert in medicinal plants and has taught plant medicine in various communities and institutions across Ecuador.Director of Tourism and founding member of RukuSamayhis family’s eco-lodge & shamanic retreat center in the Amazon.
  • When missionaries came 85 years ago, and with the oil and lumber companies in the last 50 years, there has been a systematic pursuit and destruction of the ancient forest that was their home.The single biggest challenge affecting the rainforest Kichwa today is the encroachment on their land by oil, lumber, and mining companies, and socio-cultural disintegration.
  • "Visions of the Amazon" - Clever (Ecuador)

    1. 1. VISIONS OF THE AMAZON A Kichwa Shamanic Tradition in Ecuador with Ecuadorian Shaman - Clever Grefa Licuy
    2. 2. Good Morning - “Alli Punjha” Welcome! - “Alli Shamuskanguichi” My name is…. - Nuka shuti kan….. How are you? - Imas naraguichi Kankuna? We are well - Alli mikanchi
    3. 3. Page 4 Ecuador
    4. 4. Page 5 Ecuador • • Andes divides country from north to south. The Amazon basin is 40% of Ecuador.
    5. 5. The Amazon Rainforest “The Lungs of Our Planet” 20% of worlds oxygen!
    6. 6. Page 7 The Amazon Rainforest • • • • Largest rainforest in the world. 1 of 4 medicines in pharmacies today comes from the rainforest. 30% of biodiversity (40,000 plant species) in Ecuadorian Amazon. Home to 10,000 indigenous people (used to be around 10 million) • Cofanes, Siona, Secoya, Huaorani, Shuar, Achuar, Kichwa
    7. 7. Page 8 The Kichwa • • • • Population of around 2.5 million, living in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador Originally nomadic Conquered by the Inca empire then Spanish conquistadors. Skilled river navigators and cultivators (fishing/hunting)
    8. 8. Page 9 The Kichwa Food and Drink
    9. 9. Page 10 Clever Grefa Licuy • • • • 5th generation Kichwa shaman, trained by father since childhood. Come from the Kichwa community of Rio Blanco. A trained, certified rainforest guide and representative of the Kichwa culture. Director of Tourism Ruku Samay family’s eco-lodge
    10. 10. The Kichwa Shamanic Tradition “Ruku Samayta Yachay”
    11. 11. Page 12 The Kichwa- Shaman Tradition • • • • Animist tradition Pachamama = Mother Nature Sumak Kausay - Living in harmony with all of life. Shaman (Yachak) keeper of the knowledge/customs passed down from generation to generation
    12. 12. Page 13 Shamanic Visions The yachak visits other worlds to gather healing energies • Upper world = Awa pacha • Middle world = Pachamama • Underworld = Uray pacha • Acts as medium transferring these energies to the person being healed.
    13. 13. Page 14 The Kichwa Shamanic Tradition • • Yachaks (shamans) have the ability to shape shift into sacred animals. • Jaguar • Anaconda • Condor • Hummingbird Plants are sacred medicine: Tobacco, Ginger, Wayusa, Palo Santo
    14. 14. Page 15 Destruction of the Amazon Rainforest 2n large cause of Global Warming Loss of indigenous people’s home and culture 20% ALREADY DESTROYED Loss of shamanic knowledge and medicine MAY BE GONE IN 20 YEARS
    15. 15. Ruku Samay – The wisdom of the ancestors • • • Started the shamanic ecolodge in 1990’s. Receive guests from around the world. Mission to preserve our culture/way of life by teaching people about our ancestral wisdom and to live in harmony with all manifestations of life – Sumak Kausay! Page 16
    16. 16. ACTIVITY Pacha Mama Earth Ceremony Chant Pacha Mama Awa Pacha Uray Pacha Hey Hey Hey Rye Rye Rye Ree Ree Ree
    17. 17. Thank you very much! “Ashkara Pagrachuni”
    18. 18. Grefa Licuy Family Tree
    19. 19. Ruku Samay Mission: • Preserves the rainforest and culture of its people through sustainable ecotourism. • Fosters sharing of shamanic knowledge via retreats, healings, & apprenticeships to people across the world. • Offers anthropological and scientific study in ethno-botany. • Engages in reforestation and sustainable agriculture. • Working to establish a foundation to support health, cultural preservation and education benefiting local indigenous families.

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