The people of the rainforest is a broad term that includes all indigenous tribes who dwell in the rainforest. Among them are the Achuar who have reached out to the modern world to defend their homeland from devastation. In partnership with The Pachamama Alliance, they continue to work to preserve the rainforest.
The tropical rainforest covers a wide swath of land that circles the globe at the equator. The people of the rainforest, likewise, include a wide variety of cultures, tribes, and practices that also stretch around the widest point of our planet.
Among the known populations of the people of the rainforest, the largest is located in the Amazon, including the Achuar. Through their invitation, we have created The Pachamama Alliance, a group working in conjunction with the Achuar to not only preserve their ancestral lands, but to actively “change the dream of the modern world.” In doing so, we hope to create stewards for the Achuar as well as all people of the rainforest.
A tropical rainforest is characterized by a distinct set of traits outside of its annual rainfall; it is must also fall within 23o of the equator in either direction. Those found meeting this criterion cover several regions spanning the globe, including South America, Central America, Africa, Asia, and Australasia, among others. Of these rainforests, the largest is the Amazon, totaling 54% of the remaining rainforest left on Earth.
As the largest, the Amazon is also home to the largest population of people of the rainforest, including the Nahua, Yanomami, Kichawa, and our indigenous partners, the Achuar. Each tribe has faced, and continues to face, their own struggles against mining companies, oil companies, and other opportunistic developers. But it was the Achuar who made the bold move to reach out to the very world they felt threatened by and seek partners in the modern world.
The Achuar have been among the people of the rainforest for thousands of years and for the majority of that time they had chosen to remain disconnected from the modern world. It was only after witnessing the destruction caused by developers on the lands of neighboring tribes that they made the conscious decision to expose themselves by seeking out sympathetic partners in the modern world.
Among those they reached out to were Bill and Lynne Twist, who would eventually co-found The Pachamama Alliance, an organization that works to preserve the rainforest. Through their work with the Achuar, they created the Pachamama Journeys, a nearly two week cultural immersion experience that takes participants to the Andes, through the Amazon Rainforest, and to the remote ancestral lands of the Achuar. This trip is carefully designed to expose its participants to the sustainable, indigenous way of life, and to encourage them to bring that mindset with them when they return home.
The result of the Achuar’s bold move has been a long lasting partnership of over 15 years to defend their ancestral lands. It has also fostered a pro-active approach to “change the dream of the modern world,” an integral part of ensuring the land’s safety for future generations. To do so, The Pachamama Alliance has since created four additional programs, all designed to teach the benefits of sustainability and preservation.