2012 May – Huaorani first week at the UN

The first week of the Huaorani in New York is coming to an end. It has been an interesting few days for them – they attended several meetings and events at the UN, they met a lot of new people, and they also had some time to marvel at the vastness and craziness of New…

2012 May – the Huaorani in NYC

The Huaorani arrived in New York City! Two Huaorani leaders from the Yasuni rainforest of the Ecuadorian Amazon are in New York attending the 11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (May 7-19). Their trip to the US was made possible due to the work of Judith Kimerling, who brought them…

2012 April Updates

A delegation of Huaorani from Yasuni rainforest is preparing for a trip to New York City in May 2012 to attend the 11th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). The Huaorani are part of the grassroots organization Ome Gompote Kiwigimoni Huaorani (We Defend Our Huaorani Territory) founded by members of…

2012 January Update

Dear friends, I just came back from Ecuador where I spent some time with the Huaorani of Bameno. I wanted to thank you all both from me and from the whole community of Bameno for your support. We were able to raise money for the minga, the working meeting the Huaorani will hold on 18-19-20…

2011 Ahua Update

Dear friends, I have spoken today with Lucho, Ahua’s grandson, who is now with Ahua in the town of Puyo. Ahua was flown out of Bameno yesterday afternoon in a small aircraft. Lucho, his grandson, who is also married to Penti’s daughter Mencaye, accompanied Ahua to Puyo. Ahua is now in the hospital and receiving…

2011 December Fundrasier

URGENT APPEAL:  AHUA, Penti’s father, had an accident in Bameno last night and now he needs to be taken out to the hospital and needs surgery. Ahua’s grandson Tepena called me and asked me if I could get them some help (Penti notified Tepeña via radio from Bameno. Luckily Tepeña was out of the community…

2011 August Fundraiser

In August 2011 the Huaorani of Yasuni organized a meeting in Bameno, Penti’s (the elected leader of the Yasuni Huaorani) community, located in the heart of the Yasuni, the most bio-diverse place on earth. Members and leaders of 4 communities met here for three days. They looked at the threats to their territory and human…