The first of many daily art sessions with children in Peru
Several years ago when I traveled to the jungles to do my first plant medicine diet, I intended to be in silence and isolation. Instead, I found myself as the only gringo in a sleepy indigenous community that was not used to having foreign visitors.
At first, the children stood at a distance and shyly stared at me. But once I took out the markers, paper, and pens, my shaman’s
This is Reshin Nika and I back in 2013. Reshin Nika is over 100 years old, and is a great grandfather for more than a dozen children, many of whom participated in our daily art sessions
The stories behind their art
Reshin Nika’s granddaughter drew this picture
Through the open door in the middle of the
This is what Reshin Nika’s maloka looks in real life.
In this drawing done by Freddy, one of his
This is a drawing of a shaman in the middle of a ceremony, healing a woman while he smokes
At the top of the drawing is the sacred ayahuasca leaf, an important symbol in Shipibo art. At the bottom is a traditional Shipibo ceramic vase, known as a tinaja. (Ana’s drawing)
In the center is another tinaja. On the bottom is a traditional tapestry, and a traditional shirt. The colorful wavy patterns are also characteristic of Shipibo art.
When I suggested to Enith that she draw her dream house in paradise, this is what she drew. Having grown up in the jungle, she says she’s never really seen mountains with her own eyes.
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