Despite having a large percentage of indigenous people, Peru is losing it’s cultural heritage, fast. Over the past few decades, Peru has steadily lost 37 native languages, out of an initial 84.
From teaching Spanish in Urakuza, to major road constructions near the Asháninka project, evidence of cultural loss can found in both the Asháninka and Awajún partnerships. Along with language, indigenous identity is being lost as children are no longer encouraged to wear traditional chumpi (indigenous belts) and other traditional clothing. And, in some areas, traditional clothes have been banned completely.