Please come for a fun event where you will meet Huaorani leaders from the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. This is a unique opportunity to hear about life in the rainforest directly from people who live there.

Penti Baihua and Cahuiya Omaca will talk about their experience in New York and at the UN, life in the rainforest, and their efforts to protect their ancestral lands and their human rights. We will show videos and slideshows from the Yasuni rainforest where Penti and Cahuiya live.

There will be Huaorani handcrafts for sale made by the people in Penti and Cahuiya’s communities. come support the Huaorani and the Amazon!

On May 17th Luminita Cuna and Maloca are organizing a meet-and-greet event hosted at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where everybody is invited to come meet Penti and Cahuiya, Huaorani leaders living in the Yasuni rainforest, hear them talk about their hunter-gatherer life in the rainforest, see images of their homes and families, ask questions and familiarize with a way of life that is very different than anything else we know.

Penti and Cahuiya are ambassadors of their Huaorani culture. During their stay in New York they will strive to reach a large and international audience at the United Nations and outside, to spread awareness about their way of life, about their rainforest, and about the issues they are facing. This way they hope that the Huaorani will form a network of friends and supporters who will help them achieve their goals of securing a good future for their children in a healthy, unpolluted rainforest.

Event location: School of Visual Arts @ 136 West 21 Street

Time: May 17th, 7 – 9 pm

Contact information: Luminita Cuna,


May 2012

A delegation of 2 Huaorani from the communities of Bameno and Wema are coming to New York to attend the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The theme of the forum will be “The Doctrine of Discovery” which has caused incredible injustice and pain to all indigenous people in the world, and it continues to do so even today.

Penti Baihua of Bameno and Cahuiya Omaca of Wema will be for 2 weeks at the UN to take part in discussions regarding global indigenous issues. Also, they will be speaking for the Huaorani people living in Yasuni forest, for their self-determination, and  for the protection of their ancestral homeland, the rainforest, which they call Ome.


Past fundraisers

August 2011 – Fundraiser to sponsor Huaorani Community Gathering

December 2011 – Holiday Fundraiser for the Huaorani and Emergency Medical Fundraiser for Ahua

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