Through this very special evening, we will gather in ceremony combining the sacred medicine of Cacao and sacred Tobacco to connect deeper with the spirits of the Ecuadorian jungle with Manari from the Sápara Nation weaving the Mayan Cosmovision and Cacao magic with Florencia and Eric Fridman
Manari is from the Sápara Nation in the Ecuadorian Amazon, of which there are less than 500 people remaining. He is a traditional healer and leader—the akameno (authority)—of his nationality. The Sápara Nation of Ecuador is recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” because their language and culture are in danger of disappearing.
Carrying on His Father’s Legacy to Protect the Amazon
In Manari’s territory, his father was in charge of leading the protection of the forest and guiding the life of Sápara families inside the territory. After he passed away in 1999, Manari was designated as his successor to lead the territorial defense and was given the responsibility of taking his role as a healer and leader of the Sápara Nationality.
Manari made the decision to connect the Sápara in the rainforest with the outside world, and by doing so, they accomplished important achievements. The Sápara have been recognized by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE), and received recognition from UNESCO.
The responsibility that Manari’s father left him is what motivates him everyday to keep working in the territorial defense and as a spiritual leader.