SACRED CEREMONIAL SPACE
HONORING THE PAST TO PROTECT THE FUTURE
The shuhu is a very large community house that serves as a sacred space for Yawanawá ceremony.
But more than that, it is an education center where the younger generation can learn traditions from the elders — a building meant to bring unification to the entire village and throughout the tribe. The shuhu has been part of Yawanawá culture for as long as they can remember.
There are over 1,200 Yawanawá with 9 villages along the Gregório River in Acre, Brazil near the Peruvian/Bolivian border. The Yawanawá and their allies are dedicated to developing a model of sustainability that allows them to protect their lands and engage with the outside world on their own terms, without compromising their cultural and spiritual identity. The tribe has been working tirelessly to increase territory, reinvigorate Yawanawá culture, and establish economically and socially empowering relationships with the outside world.
SETE ESTRELLAS ALDEIA
THE SACRED SHUHU FOR THE VILLAGE OF SETE ESTRELLAS
The Community is rebuilding one of their most important cultural and spiritual centers — the “shuhu”.
On behalf of tribal Chief, Tashka Yawanawá, and village leader, Edi Yawanawá, SOFIE Foundation is accepting donations for the village of Sete Estrelas. Your small gift — a donation to the Yawanawá tribe will enable them to hold on to their traditions and pass them on to the next generation — will be celebrated for years to come.
Every cent will go to the Yawanawá community of Sete Estrelas. All donations are tax deductible. The SOFIE Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID# 26-0681513.
THE SACRED SHUHU FOR THE VILLAGE OF MUTUM
With the support of many people, foundations, and friends, the village of Mutum have almost completed rebuilding their sacred shuhu.