About us ?

We are Luiz Puwé Puyanawá and Vari Sharanayá Puyanawá, and we belong to the Puyanawá tribe. We live in a town located in the northwest of Brazil, in the State of Acre in the Brazilian Amazon, Cruzeiro du Sul - Mancio Lima Municipality. We are asking for collaboration from all of you, to make our town’s dream come true - which is to have our songs recorded on a double CD which includes traditional ceremonial songs, passed down by our ancestors over generations, and another CD containing songs which were inspired more recently and which feature professional musicians.


What's our proposal?

This project tries to make the recording, mixes, mastering and manufacture of the first disc of the Puyanawá ethnic group viable. 

It is the first time that our town has collaborated in a project of this type. Our mission is aimed at recovering and safeguarding our musical and cultural traditions, with the intention of spreading our songs to try to heal our mother Earth, for the benefit for all the habitats of the planet.

We invite you to harvest our products from the Earth (cereals, vegetables and fruits), to fish the fish that nature offers us in the micro-basin of the river Moa, and you will be able to taste the best fish in the world. 

Our town guarantees the safe nourishing of the whole community without destroying the natural resources of the planet. We do not cause any deforestation in our reserve.


Recent events...

The history of our town is interrupted by slavery, the attempt of “evangelising” our culture and by the loss of our natural habitat due to the industry’s greed in exploiting the natural resources that belong to everyone. 

The Amazon is not our land, it is the whole of humanity's land. Thanks to it, everyone breathes and we get rain all over the planet. 

In 1993, there were just three people left in our town who spoke our original language. Thanks to the hard work boosted by the young people of the town, we have been able to recover our language, our culture and our traditions. Now, there are 380 children and young people studying in our community school. 

We want to dedicate this CD to all the children in our town, and by extension, to all the children of the world. 

In May 2016, we went to Barcelona and Amsterdam on tour to give chats, conferences, ceremonies and healing songs. 

On this trip, the Guardians de l’Amazónia, La Maloka, and “Yuri” La Encantada associations offered us both the possibility to record in a professional studio and the fundamentals for the musicians that will form part of this album: singing and playing in Portuguese and our language. 

We are particularly thankful for the initiative of this trip and the viability of this project, and to the "Guardians de l’Amazónia", "La Maloka", Yuri "La Encantada" and "House of Indians" associations.

 

During July and August, several internationally–recognised musicians, under the direction of the artistic producer Erico Marco Moreira, made demos. The result is fantastic. In October, November and Decembre, Erico Moreiro, Pep Cunyat and Adolf Sanz Monfort were in our village finalising the traditional CD recordings, engaging all our singers. Now it just needs for us to mix, master, design and produce it and to get it distributed to all the people who are interested in knowing about our culture and our songs. 

The musicians who collaborated are Erico Moreira, Jabu Morales, Victor Salvatti, Alexander Lora, and Pablo Giménez.

Come and meet us! 

If you have the chance to travel, it would be a pleasure to be able to embrace you and to share with you our way of life. 

You would stay in our traditional cabins, you would eat with us and you could take part in our community and cultural activities. 

Over the 14th and 16th of July 2017, we plan to celebrate our Macaxeira Cultural Festival where we will dance, sing and prepare our own food. You can come for one week or more if you wish, to prepare and to participate in this festival.

We invite you to harvest our products from the Earth (cereals, vegetables and fruits), to fish the fish that nature offers us in the micro-basin of the river Moa, and you will be able to taste the best fish in the world. 

Our town guarantees the safe nourishing of the whole community without destroying the natural resources of the planet. We do not cause any deforestation in our reserve.


A bit of history...

 

The Puyanawa has suffered, as well as many other towns in Acre (Brazil), with the growth of the activities of the rubber operation in the region at the start of the 20th century. From the first contacts with the non-Indians, many have died in confrontations or because of diseases acquired in this process. The survivors were forced to work in rubber and saw their form of life endangered quickly as a result of the methods used by the “colonels of the rubber” to keep the Indians under their yoke. The Puyanawa was stripped of their earth, instructed in Christian doctrine and educated in schools that prohibited the expression of any trace of their culture.

 

Only with the beginning of the process of demarcation of its land, and thanks to the help of the expert Txai Macedo and the anthropologist Terri, after decades and with the effort of some young leaders of the community, the Puyanawa culture has gone back to being valued by the Indians, who have made an effort to recover their native language - not an easy task, given the low number of living speakers.

 

 

Guardians de l'Amazònia:

We are grateful to the Puyanawa people, for their self-rescue work, which serves as a model for many other people, and the great example that all of us are giving by living with a high level of self-sufficiency and a huge respect for nature. Thank you!