The Indigenous Shipibo People of the Upper Amazon in Perú


The Shipibo tribe consists of around 35,000 people living in over three hundred villages in the Pucallpa region.  Their communities are mostly situated along the Río Ucayali and nearby oxbow lakes.  The Río Ucayali joins the Río Marañon to form the mighty Río Amazonas, the longest and largest river in the world.  The Río Amazonas flows northward past Iquitos on its long journey to the Atlantic

    The Shipibo people speak a native language of the Panoan family.  Most now speak Spanish as well.

    Despite 300 years of sporadic contact with European and mestizo “civilization” and massive conversion to Christianity in the 1950’s and 60’s, the Shipibo people maintain a strong tribal identity and retain many of their ancient shamanic traditions and beliefs.

Shipibo artisans are well-known for their intricate designs on their pottery and colorful fabrics depicting their Ayahuasca-based cosmology. 

Visit the Shipibo
Art and Craft Gallery
to see examples of their fine embroidery work and other craft.

The Shipibo people are primarily hunters and fishermen and some practice slash-and-burn agriculture. 

Primary tools are machetes and spears.  Virtually none of the villages have electricity.

A small number of Shipibo people live in Iquitos where they make and sell their intriguing art and craft.

Unfortunately, the proximity of most Shipibo communities to the burgeoning city of Pucallpa
makes it inevitable that their culture will soon be altered by mainstream trade, exploitation and encroachment of western values.

Be sure to visit the

Stargate Art and Craft Gallery

to see examples of extraordinary colorful Ayahuasca embroidery and other fine arts and craft

handmade by Shipibo artisans.


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