Cultural Preservation and Quality of Life Initiatives
Our extensive contacts with indigenous peoples living close to traditional lifestyle have revealed that the best ways to
support their well-being, self-determination and cultural preservation is through adequate basic and preventive health care,
improved nutritional diversity, and development of community-owned and operated sustainable projects
compatible with shared contemporary goals of rainforest conservation.
We assist in the development of community, economic, and cultural projects only at the invitation of the people
and impose absolutely no control or regulation of these projects once in their hands.
Our goal is to assist the Yahua and Muruy Huitoto communities near Iquitos to strengthen their cultural base, improve their fundamental quality of life, and help build a sustainable economic foundation which is ecologically and culturally compatible with the increasing challenges of the 21st century.
The Yahua and Muruy Huitoto people identify strongly with their tribal heritage even though much of their old oral traditional history and spiritual beliefs have been lost or diluted by mestizo (people of mixed ancestry) and western influences. Nevertheless, most seem not to want to be completely assimilated into the surrounding mestizo culture. AICC initiatives help them find alternatives to the ever-increasing pressures of the surrounding mestizo culture.
Most desire to live as closely as possible to their cultural roots and traditions in nature without missing the positive benefits of clean technology such as solar energy, purified water systems, disease prevention and treatment, and sustained-yield production and use of natural and culturally-familiar rainforest resources.
We are not “missionaries.” We do not wish to impose our religious, social andcultural views and standards on the native people. To the contrary, we support their self-determination, the traditional indigenous world view, human rights, tribal sovereignty, and the survival of cultural values and ancient traditions. We wish to help empower the people to heal some of the negative impacts of western colonial exploitation and displacement foisted upon them by forceful and deceptive invasion of their lands. We believe strongly in the inherent right of informed self-determination for all indigenous peoples.
establish and sustain adequate levels of health care and nutrition
donations may be tax deductible through the International BioPark Foundation, Inc.
Project completed in June, 2005
A Posta Medica (Health Clinic)
for the San Andres Bora community
Yolanda Vasquez and Andy Kalinowitsch
David and Faye Fields
El Tigre Journeys
Project completed in January, 2004
Supply of mosquito nets along the Rio Momón
to prevent spread of malaria during the Amazon high water season.
double-size mosquito nets for every family in San Andres pueblo
A boat for the Yahua Community of Nueva Vida along the Rio Momón
a 12 meter wooden-hulled boat and new peke peke motor
purchased for the community on January 21, 2003
Project Completed April, 2001
A village-owned and operated general store cooperative
in Comunidad San Andres Bora
managed by the Bora womens’ collective
El Tigre Journeys
Long-term children’s nutritional aid program
periodic staple rice subsidy for Yahua and Bora traditional groups
sponsored by El Tigre Journeys
Project Completed August, 2000
A community boat and peke peke motor
for the Bora and Yahua of the Río Momón
Project completed August, 2000
Rio Momón Yahuas receive much-needed fishing nets
for sustainable subsistence fishing
Steve Johnson, XFX, Inc.
Project completed October, 2000
San Andres Bora community ‘galpón chicken farming project
Mr. Steve Johnson, XFX, Inc.
El Tigre Journeys
Project completed November, 1999
San Andres Bora and Yahua free 3-day medical clinic
hosted at the elementary school in San Andres pueblo
volunteer medical services provided by
El Tigre Journeys
Our philosophy and plans of action are guided by the principles of the
United Nations draft declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples
Indigenous aid and assistance projects supported by our cooperating organizations are sponsored unconditionally. We recognize their unique and valuable contribution to the Family of Mankind, even as contact with the western world increasingly influence their lives.
Donations may be sent to the International BioPark Foundation, Inc., a 501c (3) non-profit tax exempt organization based in Tucson, Arizona. Donations are guaranteed to be used only for the designated project.
can you become involved?
Please review the list of project descriptions and consider providing financial support for one or more of them. These are developed with the full involvement of the people and offer pragmatic yet far-sighted opportunities to realize the combined goals of cultural preservation, economic development, sustainable and harmonious natural resource management, and improved quality of life for these indigenous people.
You can help the indigenous people by donating medical supplies (non-prescription medications, topical antiseptics and antibiotics, bandages, first aid materials, etc.), non-perishable foodstuffs, vitamins and other nutritional aids, and through subsidization of needed medical diagnosis and treatment.
a 501c (3) not-for-profit organization
based in Tucson, Arizona U.S.A.