Topic: Matses

Acaté Amazon Conservation June 2014 Field Report

David Fleck and kids

It’s not easy reaching Matsés territory, but finally, after a week of saying goodbye to my family in Iquitos only to return a couple hours later with yet another cancelled flight, the Peruvian Air Force float plane took off and soared off into the horizon. I was headed for the small Peruvian military outpost of […] Continue reading »

Matsés Profile: Urbano, Master Hunter & Gatherer

Harvesting copaiba resin

Urbano Pemen Dunú Urbano lives in the Matsés village of Buenas Lomas Antigua with his wife and two children. Urbano is fiercely independent and lives a very traditional life. He is highly skilled in hunting, fishing, climbing and orienteering himself in the dense jungle. Even among Matsés he is exceptional. Most of Urbano’s time is […] Continue reading »

Matsés Profile: Lucinda Damé

Lucinda Matsés farmer

Lucinda is the daughter of Arturo, a famous Matsés warrior and plant medicine expert who wrote Chapter 3 of the Matsés Medicine Encyclopedia. She lives with her family in Buenas Lomas Nueva. She is a prolific farmer and is very fond of showing off and sharing her bountiful harvests. Her house is a hub of […] Continue reading »

Matsés Profiles: Lucho, Shaman

Lucho Matsés shaman collecting vines

LUIS DUNU JIMÉNEZ DËSI (“Lucho”) Lucho lives with his wife Marina in the Matsés village of Estirón. He is a meticulous worker and it shows in everything he does. Lucho is renowned as a great healer among the Matsés. People often travel great distances to Estirón to receive his treatments. Lucho was the principle author […] Continue reading »