Impact of the Encounter tour

Traditional KNowledge School

In this five-city North American tour, the Yawanawa share their rich of their culture to save their way of life, their language and their spiritual heritage from extinction.

A generational gap exists in the Yawanawá (as in many tribes), where the youth no longer speak their ancestral tongue, opting to speak Portuguese instead, thus losing their connection with their cultural heritage and spiritual lineage.

Funds raised by the Tour will go towards establishing the Traditional Knowledge School (TKS) in the Mutum Village of Acre, Brazil for Yawanawá children ages 7-14. The TKS will provide food, lodging and school supplies to children learning their native Yawanawá language, traditional legends, ancestral spiritual practices and sacred plant knowledge, as passed down orally from generation to generation.

1 language dies every 14 days

It is with great urgency that we move to preserve a knowledge, a way of life, which is so critical to the future of human existence on this Earth.

Exact model of the Traditional Knowledge School for the children of the Yawanawa tribe, soon to be built by architect Ayara Mendo. Profits and donations from the tour are turning this vision into a reality. 

Exact model of the Traditional Knowledge School for the children of the Yawanawa tribe, soon to be built by architect Ayara Mendo.

Profits and donations from the tour are turning this vision into a reality. 

 

Update on Encounter Tour 2016:

We raised over $44,000 and impacted more than 2,300 people across North America. We are now in the process of building the Traditional Knowledge School, where Yawanawá children will reconnect with their ancestral language, and carry on the legends, values, culture, and spiritual wisdom of their people, which has been passed down orally for millennia.

 

You can contribute to the construction and upkeep of the Traditional Knowledge School through donations and purchasing the album, recorded live in the Amazon Jungle! 

 

The specific knowledge indigenous peoples have garnered over millennia about their environment, is one of the most precious treasure we have on earth. 

This Knowledge has been passed down orally through generations - making the loss of language truly devastating. With each passing elder, we lose an entire library of plant knowledge that cannot be found in books. According to estimates from experts in ethnobotany at the Smithsonian, about 95% of the plants used by the Yawanawá are not characterized. 

Knowing this, we must take the responsibility to do what we can to help preserve this sacred knowledge for future generations and empower indigenous people to thrive as natural guardians of their environment, our collective home.