NGO LAUNCHES FUNDING DRIVE TO SUPPORT INDIGENOUS MATSES HEALING IN AMAZON

Peru- and US-based NGO Acate Amazon Conservation is raising funds to support the indigenous Matses people in the Peruvian Amazon. The specific aim is to finance young Matses apprentices to learn the extraordinary plant knowledge of the ever-dwindling number of living elders, known as ‘maestros.’ Unless such knowledge and practice is transmitted, the fear is that it will be lost forever. When Acate started working with the Matses in 2011, it is claimed, ‘the entire Matses ancestral healing knowledge was on the verge of being completely lost.’

Click here to donate to Acate’s Gofundme page, as well as watch a film about the fund-raising drive. To learn more, visit Acate’s website or see this article of mine, published in The Guardian in 2017, about the ‘healing forests’ that the Matses have been planting and the two volume, 1,044-page encyclopaedia of plant knowledge they have written. 

David Hill