The Shipibos are one of the few remaining indigenous tribes left in the Amazon Basin and are part of a diverse group of Amazonian indigenous people, found in the east of Peru. Despite years of invasion and colonisation, the Shipibos have maintained their rich culture and ancestral knowledge. The Shipibos that live around the city of Pucallpa are marginally acculturated with the dominant culture of Peru. Many live in communities that are only accessible by boat.

The Shipibo’s are deeply influenced by the power of the plants, animals and natural elements. There are roughly 40,000 Shipibos and only a handful of them are Onanyas. Onanyas are healers, medicine men of the indigenous culture. Their plant healing treatment has gained popularity with the west, with people disenfranchised by pharmaceuticals, travelling thousands of miles to receive healer from the onanyas and the wisdom from the plants. Very few things last Millenia but for Shipibos, elements of their culture have been past through their ancestors for thousands of years.

Maestra Rosa Pinedo Vasquez, more affectionately known as “Mama Rosa”, has 31 years of experience in the practice of plant medicine. Her Shipibo name is Pesin Rate which means beautiful and admirable woman with long lank hair. Rosa has four children, Adelina, Feliciano, Luis and Genaro, who are all part of the team at the Pachamama Temple.

Luis Piñedo aka Soi Sani, in Shipibo, which means wonderful, sociable and friendly man. Luis is an influential healer and a teacher in Pucallpa, Peru. With 10 years of training as an Onanya, Luis has also spent 25 years teaching in schools and universities. Luis has served as Principal in Santa Elisa, Pedagogic Director of the public Bilingual Institute in Yarinacocha, and as a Teacher Training Specialist at the University of the Peruvian Amazon.

Maestro Gilberto Picota Lopez is is married to Maestra Rosa’s only daughter Adeline. Maestro Gilberto’s Shipibo name is Sina Nima, which means a serious and positive man. Gilberto’s father was a healer since the age of 12 and practiced the ways of the Onanya for over 66 years, healing many people of numerous different diseases.

Maestro Feliciano Marquez Pinedo is the eldest Son of Mama Rosa. Feliciano’s Shipibo name is Kanan Betsa which means a man with a good profile and talented in business. Feliciano became very ill when he was 39. He sought out a local plant healer named Wakapoko who was able to treat him and who imparted significant knowledge of plant medicines to Feliciano. When he was recovered, he furthered his studies by completing a 9 year apprenticeship with shaman Daniel Ramos. Prior to working at the Pachamama Temple, Feliciano worked in multiple centers in the city of Tarapoto and other parts of Peru.

Genaro aka Ronin Mano in Shipibo, which means invisible man with the strength and power of the anaconda. He had a bike accident and almost lost his leg. Doctors told him his leg would have to be amputated, but Mama Rosa and his brother Feliciano said no and told the doctors they would heal him. The doctor told them that he would die and Mama Rosa and Feliciano would be held responsible for his death. They spent over a year healing Genaro’s leg, through ceremonies and rituals that would put Mama Rosa’s mastery to the test. Genaro had to go through many master plants diets himself to engage with the healing process. Through this process, became a trainee Onanya and healer, passing on his gratitude, healing hundreds of people since.

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