Learn about the distinct cultures of the Peruvian Amazon through our original documentation of their art and traditions.
Photography: Davis Torres / Tui Anandi / Mike van Kruchten
© Xapiri Ground 2018 - 2023
In the Awajún universe, producing art is the product of a dynamic relationship between knowledge, ritual, and mythical narration. In their worldview, there are three powerful beings: Nugkui (spirit of the earth), Etsa (spirit of the forest) and Tsuqki (spirit of the water).
The artistic expressions of the Yine people are closely related to design and weaving, as well as the creation of ceramics, jewelry, crowns and musical instruments. The Yine have 31 different designs, each with a particular meaning that is transmitted orally from generation to generation by the elders.