Foto: Arno Vogel, 1978

Ashaninka

  • Autodenominação
    Ashenika
  • Where they are How many

    AC1.291 (Siasi/Sesai, 2012)
    Peru97.477 (INEI, 2007)
  • Linguistic family
    Aruak

Introduction

The Ashaninka have a long history of resistance, standing up to invaders since the time of the Inca empire until the rubber boom of the nineteenth century and, especially those on the Brazilian side of the border, resisting the encroaches of loggers from the 1980s to today. A people proud of their culture, driven by strong sense of freedom, ready to die in defence of their territory, the Ashaninka are no mere objects of western history. They possess an astonishing capacity to reconcile traditional customs and values with ideas and practices from the western world, such as those to do with socio-environmental sustainability.