Empowering Shipibo women from Amazonian Peru

Empowering Shipibo women from Amazonian Peru to keep alive their unique traditional ceramic art

A unique few centuries of tradition in ceramics is in danger of disappearing when the three last elder Shipibo women of Amazonia Peru leave this world.

A documentary has been directed and produced by Carlos Zuniga in order to preserve this valuable cultural heritage. The three charismatic women have been filmed in their everyday life and while creating their ceramics, which depict ancient symbols of the community’s spiritual tradition. The film provides an insight into Shipibo arts and wisdom as seen through the last elder women of their kind.

They have been empowered to transmit their knowledge to younger women of their community. Ceramic workshops were conducted in their homeland, and their fame crossed borders. They have been invited to expose their ceramic art in France, during an exhibition that raised funds to keep the ceramic projects the sustainable foundation of their community.

A documentary on endangered Shipibo art and wisdom shot in Amazonian Peru. A campaign in Europe, including a Shipibo ceramics exhibition & workshops with the last three female ambassadors of their art, to raise awareness and funds for the community.


We supported the ten last Shipibo spiritual guides, elder women, and ceramic masters, affected by COVID-19.

They were left with no economic possibilities to feed themselves or their families, pay for their oxygen, or buy medicines. 

The last ten Shipibo ceramics masters have been affected by COVID-19; they represent the 95% of positive cases of their community. While struggling between life and death, they were left with no economic possibilities to feed themselves or their families, pay for their oxygen, or buy medicines.

Ten elder women, bearers of ancient knowledge, fight to keep their millenary tradition alive. If they leave this life, the world would lose the main Shipibo spiritual guides, “living treasures of the cultural heritage of the Amazon”.

Solidarity is very precious these days. Some of you have contributed to this emergency. Your donations reached one of the teachers, Augustina Valera, her family, and her community. She shared with the other elder women, masters of ceramics, and their families.