BABEL: The Creative Encounter Of Indigenous Youth In The Amazon

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Published on: March 1, 2018

Many moons ago, there were no rivers
Strong arms, bow and arrow, a melding
Created thousands of sizes and shapes
And so appeared the river, the great serpent
–       Chorus of “Babel”

For the first time, Amazonian indigenous youth in Peru’s northern jungle have united to create a unique and exceptional music video in seven native languages. Entitled ‘Babel’ and filmed in the cities of Iquitos and Nauta, the video clip is a production by indigenous media Radio Ucamara in collaboration with Peruvian non-profit The Chaikuni Institute and Iquitos-based indigenous student organization (OEPIAP), with the support of the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM).

Singing and rapping in Kukama, Wampis, Kandozi, Awajún, Kichwa, Ticuna and Shawi, the nine indigenous artists featured in this video embody the stories of their people, and share their memories, cosmovisions and relationship with the world through their song. This unique creation captures the extraordinary cultural diversity of first peoples in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, which covers over half of the country’s territory, and most of which is indigenous land, increasingly under threat by the extractive industries.

Video by Radio Ucamara In Collaboration With The Chaikuni Institute, OEPIAP and With Support of REPAM


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