What are the natives

1. What is a Native Community? is a Native Community?

They are organizations that “have origin in the tribal groups of the jungle and jungle border, are made up of sets of families united by following main elements: language or dialect, characters cultural and social, tenure and common and permanent usufruct of the same territory, with nucleated settlement or dispersed”.

The native communities of the Peruvian jungle

In the immense territories of the Peruvian Amazon, in the department of Loreto, there are populations of native and aboriginal communities that can be visited from the city of Iquitos. The vast majority of these groups have been civilized by Catholic missions and maintain many of their ancestral customs such as art, language, dances, food, etc.

In these native communities with deep historical and cultural roots, nature is respected. And it is that the forest, the riverbeds and the flora and fauna must be taken care of. Everything necessary for life comes from them. One of those peoples are the Yaguas, the guardians of the jungle.

The native communities of the Peruvian jungle have great diffusion of folk medicine and quackery based on the large number of medicinal plants that exist, in general they have great mastery of the curative use of plants and herbs, as is the case of ayahuasca.

In the entire Peruvian jungle there are 64 aboriginal tribes and sub-tribes registered and censused. The Boras, Kukamas and Yaguas share their culture with the world in the middle of an area of ​​great biodiversity. Learn more about the worldview of these native communities of the Peruvian jungle.

types of community

The Native Community of the Boras de San Andrés in Iquitos

The Native Community of the Boras de San Andrés in Iquitos is very famous for its exotic typical dances. The Boras express their affection, their sorrows and fears by dancing in circles and small steps, executing songs in their native dialect, worshiping their gods. They are currently incorporated into tourist activity. They receive groups of tourists showing their typical dances and making handmade souvenirs. They are located on the banks of the Momón River, in the community of Padre Cocha, 4.5 km from the city of Iquitos. The inhabitants of the native community of the Boras de San Andrés in Iquitos are from the area of ​​Alto Putumayo, bordering Colombia, and migrated to the place they currently occupy attracted by the exploitation of rubber.

Customs of the Boras of San Andrés in Iquitos.

The native community of the Boras in Iquitos celebrate seven kinds of ceremonies throughout the year, all of them are rituals of worship to their gods, dancing with their picturesque clothes made with tree bark. The Fiesta del Pijuayo and the Danza de la Viga are the most important festivities. The natives in these parties use masks to represent their mythical beginnings and stage the origins of the world, of humans and of the Bora Culture.

The Kukama Native Community in Iquitos

The Kukama community founded the Caserío Hungurahui 98 years ago, due to the abundance of palm trees. Years later the name would be changed to Pueblo de Padre Cocha due to the presence of the Augustinian Fathers. Currently, the town has basic services and a population of more than 2 thousand inhabitants.