Medical support for Jivaro tribes
1992 to 2002, following indigenous requests, our
main action was to support primary health care
systems in the Amazonian rainforest for various
Indian tribes, in collaboration with the French
NGO Pharmaciens Sans Frontières,
the European Community, the Ecuadorian Ministry
of Public Health, the Shuar Federation (FICSH),
the Achuar Organization (OINAE), Zapara
Organizations (ONAZE, ONZAE, NAZAE), the Shiwiar
Organization (ONSHIPAE) and the Awa Federation
program involved the creation of a communitary
pharmacy (botica popular) outside the
forest in each indigenous headquarters,
donations of WHO’s basic medicines and the
training of indigenous health staffs. After ten
years, this program covers now 30,000 Indians
with 3 central pharmacies, 50 basic nurses and
overmore 200 health promoters.
Rescue of Shuar, Achuar and Zapara’s
1993 to 1997, we provide technical support for
indigenous teams involved in herbal medicine
investigations. This program led to a Shuar
database, a self-medication handbook for
indigenous families entitled “Medicina en la
selva, cuando no hay remedios” and two
botanical gardens for agronomic studies.
year, our second phase will focus on building-up
an integrated medicine center for native
territory. The aim of this experimental program
is to work towards a full collaboration between
different health actors : the indigenous nurse,
the curandero specialist in herbal medicines and
the shaman working traditionally with
psychedelic beverages. This center using a
holistic approach will, on one hand, revalorize
tradipracticians integrating them in the
official health system and on the other hand,
allow auto-evaluation of indigenous therapies.
In few years, they will be able to receive
foreign students or tradipracticians and provide
a firm base for fair bioprospection contracts.
looking for any institution or NGO that
could collaborate in this program.
If you are interested,
please do not hesitate to contact us.
Promotion of Amazonian traditions in Europe
by a handful of men and women passionately fond
of Amazonian traditions, Arutam is also
dedicated in spreading worldwide the indigenous
vision of the world. By writing and painting, by
meeting and multimedia exhibitions upon the
Jivaros culture, our foundation tries to promote
a major change in the occidental way of
thinking. In particular, we published three
books : “Indiens Jivaros” (1997) which describes
the actual situation of Shuar and Achuar people,
“L’Homme-Nature” (2000 and 2011) summarized
below and "Les Chamans" (2001, 2005 and 2010), a
worldwide description of shamanism.
The Alliance with Nature
if the world in which we live was
nothing but a dream ?
dream built by generations of men
and women within the continuity of a
An illusion endlessly
reinvented by humanity in search of
Three years spent in the
Amazon have allowed the author to
explore this other way of perceiving
life. For Jivaro Indians, it is our
ideas, rather than our senses,
that constitute the world.
Living within the environment rather
than surviving against it. Perceiving
a universe where everything is linked.
Trusting in one’s dreams. Feeling “the
here and now”. Believing before
seeing. A multitude of outlooks that
express an osmosis with universe which
was the instinctive approach adopted
by whole humankind for millenaries.
As the last remaining
primordial traditions of the “wild
world” are threatened with extinction,
engulfed by a self-satisfied new
current, so the world becomes swamped
by one single version of reality. This
book situates itself at the crossing
of these two paths. The author
compares two schools of thought, one
of them Amerindian and creator of
human worlds, the other Western and
transformer of a universe external to
men. One allied with Nature and all
that is sacred, the other in conflict
with these very same things.
It is probably at the
heart of this surprising confrontation
between Indian-ness and Modern life,
between Man as Nature and Man as God
that the stakes of this new millenium
We are looking for
an English or American editor
for these three books.....