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shuar culture

by Valentina Bueno

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shuar culture
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Valentina Bueno
10mo B
proyect of social and english
teacher Mayra and teacher Geovanny
Culture shuar introduction
After the Quichuas, the Shuar are the most important ethnic group in the country; with its own language, customs and ways of life, that is, a unique culture. With the current ways of life and the influence of a dominant mestizo settler culture, it has been subjected to a process of severe changes.


Cultural diversity is an important part as a force that drives development, not only economically, but as a way of enriching people's lives. In addition, it is an indispensable component to reduce poverty and achieve the goal of sustainable development.
location of the shuar culture
The Shuar nationality has a presence between the two states: Ecuador and Peru. In our country it is located in the provinces of Morona Santiago, Pastaza and Zamora Chinchipe, with other settlements in Sucumbíos and Orellana in the Amazon and, in the Coastal Region, in Guayas and Esmeraldas.
Shuar culture clothing
Traditionally, the Shuar woman's dress is the "karachi" and the man wore a skirt called "itip" a kind of canvas of vertical lines of purple, red, black and white colors, dyed with vegetables, which are wrapped from the waist to the waist. the ankle and is held up with a girdle.
Traditional food
Its typical preparations are maitos, chontacuros, roast beef, carachama broth, Creole chicken broth, chicha de chonta and yucca, as a fresh drink guayusa water. These preparations are consumed in their parties and rituals that they practice especially the chonta party.
Creole chicken broth, despite having few ingredients, provides important nutrients such as protein and niacin from the chicken; nutrients necessary for the maintenance of muscle and skin. Carbohydrates from rice and cassava, which provide quick-use energy for the body
Shuar festivals
The Chonta Festival is celebrated every year in the month of August for the prosperity achieved throughout this time, in terms of planting, harvesting and the life cycle of people. The Ayahuasca festival is celebrated in the month of January with the walk to the waterfalls and sacred mountains.
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