Highly sort after needle-work being offered to us in a remote village – 6 hrs up river from Pucalpa.
Location: The upper reaches of the Ucayali River in the Amazon rainforest, Eastern Peru.
Population: about 20,000.
Religion: Christianity mixed with traditional animistic faith.
Language: Spanish and Shipibo.
- Children belong to the mother’s family (matrilineal).
- Men traditionally move into their wife’s family after marriage (matrilocal residence).
- Women are the main breadwinners of families – they produce and sell textiles, jewellery and pottery decorated with geometric designs.
- Women are the main heroines of traditional myths and legends.