October 30, 2014

A Traditional Asháninka Ceremony

A glimpse of an Asháninka tribal ceremony.

The Asháninka are Peru’s largest indigenous nation. Fiercely independent, they have lived in the central forests of Peru for 5,000 years, and have been defending their territory for decades against terrorists, drug traffickers and illegal loggers.

Traditional ceremonies and customs still play a large part of daily life for our Asháninka partners. Music and songs are part of ceremonies and rituals. Singing, imitations of jungle animal sounds, and stamping of the feet are accompanied by various instruments – usually drums and panpipes.


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