The Achuar and the Pachamama Alliance

This is a beautiful photo of a beautiful man – an Achuar tribe shaman.Achuar Tribesman

I first met the Achuar tribe in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador when I was travelling with the Pachamama Alliance. The Achuar are guardians of millions of acres of pristine rainforest which they have been able to preserve with the support of people in different cultures. They are a dreaming culture and they reached out through dreams to those who are now their partners in the US who travelled to find them. Together they formed the Pachamama Alliance. Meanwhile the symposium that comes out of this work, based on sustainable environmental, spiritual and social approaches to life, is available in over 60 countries and is helping foster much that is new.

I love the way the Achuar are sustaining what they love and responding to change in positive ways. The Achuar have been creating new ways of life such as the the award winning ecolodge Kapawi and solar powered canoes.

The Children of the Achuar Tribe

Nandita's DreamI’ve been looking at messages from the children of the Achuar tribe in the Amazon filmed by Dean Jacobs. I wanted to ask them What’s Your Dream and What’s Your Dream for the World? It’s a question that’s at the heart of the Nandita’s Dream book and CD. The Achuar children shared their love for the rainforest and their wish that more children can understand its ways and meet with them. This reaching out is new.

But a lot of children have an awareness of being a global citizen. Recently I was at a huge children’s world music festival and some of the boys were playing ‘Love’s Vibration’ the last track on the Songs from Nandita’s Dream CD. It features Sheema Mukherjee, Black Umfolosi and The Rainbow Children’s Choir.

The chorus is ‘What’s Your Dream, What’s Your Dream and What’s Your Dream for the World?’ It has gorgeous rhythmic sitar from Sheema and upbeat cajon from Lawrence Kelson of Madrum. The boys played Love’s Vibration over and over again. It’s great that girls and boys both love the music