Yahua Indians
of the Peruvian Amazon



The Yahua
Indians are a large, widely-distributed indigenous tribe who live mainly
in the western Amazon basin in the Department of Loreto near Iquitos, Perú.The Yahua people
live a simple lifestyle supported by small-scale agriculture, fishing,
and light hunting.The Yahua are
skilled craftworkers. The men make nice wood carvings of animal figures,
decorative blowguns and bows and arrows. The women make a variety
of necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry fashioned from natural materials
such as seeds, fibers, and animal parts salvaged from their food.
male Yahua dress consists of skirts made of aguaje palm fiber. The women
typically wear skirts of red cotton cloth.Girls often
have their first child at fourteen or fifteen years of age.The Yahua culture
functions as a large extended family, with each member accepting a role
of responsibility to the welfare of the tribal group.

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