Shipibo Conibo Handicrafts

Shipibo Conibo Handicrafts

The Shipibo-Conibo are an indigenous tribe along the Ucayali river in the Amazonian rainforest of Peru. Formerly two groups, the Shipibo (fishmen) and the Conibo, (apemen), they eventually became one distinct tribe though intermarriage and communal ritual. The Shipibo-Conibo are one of the fastest growing indigenous groups, now having some 32,000 members or more.

The Shipibo-Conibo are living with one foot in the 21st century and with one foot in an unfathomably deep past probably spanning millenia in the Amazonian rain forest. They still practice many of their own unique traditions such as the Anisheati ceremony, and ayahuasca shamanism. They have a very distinct artistic tradition and their decorative and geometric designs inspired by Ayahuasca & shamanic songs (icaros) are found in their clothing, pottery, tools, and traditional textiles.

Some of the urbanized Shipibo-Conibo live around Pucallpa in the Yarina Cocha, an extensive urban indigenous zone, while most still live in scattered villages and extended families over a large area of jungle forest extending all the way from Brazil to Equador.

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