CULTURAL REGISTRY

ART, ETHICS, AND ETHNICS

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


Iskonawa designs stands out for their zigzag patterns, which in their language are known as "kere kere". Although the elders explain that these designs do not have particularly assigned meanings, they reflect a connection to nature, such as the skin of a snake or the top of a hill.

Iskonawa

Iskonawa

Art is of central importance in Matsés culture and identity. They have an incredibly fine and detailed artistic process and these items are used in their everyday lives. If this ancestral wisdom continues to thrive, so can the cultural identity of the Matsés.

Matsés

Matsés

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).

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Awajún

Awajún

The Shipibo-Konibo are recognized worldwide for their rich artistic tradition, which has also been a source of inspiration for contemporary Peruvian art. Their kené designs, characterized by geometric figures and original strokes, were declared cultural heritage of the nation in 2008.

Shipibo-Konibo

Shipibo-Konibo

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.

Yine

Yine

Within the Matsigenka culture, their art is manifested through a variety of artifacts and clothing that are created using knowledge and practices passed down from generation to generation.

Matsigenka

Matsigenka