Like many other Amazonian tribes, since 1905, the *Puyanawa were contacted and subsequently enslaved. The indigenous people formerly known as *Peyawakewbu (who called themselves “children of the *Paxiuba palm leaf and of the birds that dance with their wings”) were enslaved, indoctrinated and stripped of all vestiges of ancestral culture and spirituality by the *Brazilian syringealist and landowner Colonel *Mancio Lima and his henchmen. Subjected to forced labour and deprived of the freedom of jungle life, they soon succumbed to disease and mistreatment.

The few survivors lived separately, the women could not see their husbands and the children were sent to school to learn Portuguese, while the language and all cultural and spiritual manifestations were totally forbidden.

This is how they lived for 70 years and interbred with other settlers from the Brazilian Northeast, while they worked for the colonel in semi-slavery.

Now, history has changed and the voices of their ancestors have been heard by many of the young people of the community who have been rescuing the ancient legacy of their people for years.

This is the recurring story of the Amazonian indigenous people, those who have known how to live in harmony with nature, respecting it, understanding it and being part of it. This has led us to commit our lives to defending them and their traditions and knowledge.

Thus was born the association Guardians of the Amazon, with the aim of promoting and safeguarding the culture and traditions of the peoples of the Amazon; to preserve their heritage of knowledge of these endangered peoples, based on oral traditions and their spiritual practices, and thus be able to offer this invaluable legacy to new generations.

The author of the text is Alex Gimeno, who with great sensitivity tells us, in the form of a tale, this epic story that perfectly links the ancient and modern events of the *Puyanawa people. It is a story of great resilience and courage based on totally real events.

Likewise, and in great harmony with the project, Sonia Coloma manages to illustrate the text with realism and great connection to it, while maintaining her wonderful style, which seems to flow from the same magical place as the narrative.

It is through the story, that since 2017, we have started to carry out exchanges with Catalan schools and the Ixubai Rabui Puyanawa school. In this way we can transmit to children everywhere, the indigenous cosmovision of the original peoples of the Amazon.

Adolf Sanz Monfort


The project of making and editing the story; The Puyanawa and the Coloured Caterpillar, was born with several main objectives; on the one hand it is the first story (myth) that explains the recent history of the tribe. Although it includes 4 generations in one, it is totally based on true facts. It is also the first book written in the Puyanawa language as well as the tribe’s own grammar.

The indigenous cosmovision has allowed the preservation of ancestral wisdom. The indigenous peoples have been living in balance and respect for nature and preserving it for thousands of years. They have always known that there is nothing more valuable on planet Earth than living things, be they animals, plants or humans.

They have always known that we are all connected, that we are brothers of the trees and animals, that water and air is a good that has to be taken care of because all living things we make use of.

Cuento Puyanawa