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Carlos is a shaman...
Jeff Waugh
A friendly face...

A Visit With A Shaman

Carlos told me that a shaman
isn't afraid of anything in Nature

We went to visit Carlos. First thing, I had some frog legs to eat. Then we went on a walk to learn more about the plants the people use for medicine. First, we had to cross the river in a canoe. Carlos showed us lots of neat things in the forest and I got to eat some lemon ants! Carlos put his hand right on a wasps nest! He said he knew the secret way to do it so they wouldn't attack him. He put his hand right on a wasps nest!
Jeff Waugh
The Wasps Nest
We went to some caves and we had to swim across some very, very cold water. The caves are an old and special place for the people and the shamans. Carlos used to come here when he was a boy to learn about the spirits of the forest.
He used to come to these caves...
Jeff Waugh
The Cave
I was a foot away from a monkey.
The monkey...
The Monkey
Carlos and the people from the village gave me some special necklaces to protect me.  The necklaces are made of seeds from jungle plants and from the tagua palm. They carved a beetle for me from the tagua. Tagua is also called natural ivory. We found tagua all over the place and you don't have to kill an elephant for it!  My drawing of the monkey

A seed necklace
The tagua beetle

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School Notes...
Carlos' Sacred Valley  is located in the foothills of the Cordillera de Huacamayos between Antisana Ecological Reserve, Sumaco Napo-Galeras National Park, and Llanganates National Park. The community of Llaucana Cocha forms a part of the project "Huacamayo Urcu", which promotes both the sustainable development of the Amazon's natural resources and the ancestral culture of the indigenous population.

The women at Llaucana Cocha are very much involved in the production of ceramic and traditional handicrafts such as jewelry made with seeds from the jungle. The pottery is decorated with a range of petroglyphs from the area. It is often painted with mineral dyes in tones of white, red ochre and black with fine brushes made from the hair of women and children. These traditions have been passed down from mother to daughter through many generations. 

Visitors are introduced to the flora and fauna, medicinal plants, jungle foods and cuisine, traditional hunting techniques, spirit world, legends and "myths", as well as the present efforts to maintain a traditional way of life and survive in a modern world. The shaman plays an important role in bridging this gap...

A ceremonial bowl