|You do not go see a jungle tribe as you would go visit your
neighbouring community. Certain customs of your culture might be
inappropriate for us. We therefore have written a visitor's code of
conduct that we ask you to firmly respect while in the forest. If
you do not agree with this code of conduct, please forget this
expedition, as it would mean that you are not ready for the
Respect of the
- Always remember that you are a visitor and that you have to
show respect to your host at all times.
- Always remember that our culture is very different to yours
and that you have to accept it for what it is.
- Always keep in mind that you are dealing with people who have
had few contacts with the "outside world". Be careful of what you
say. For instance do not talk about money.
- You are here to learn about the Shiwiar culture and the
forest, not to contaminate people with materialism.
- Chicha is always offered. If you do not like it, you should at
least pretend to drink it. Refusing might be considered an
- You should not take photographs without asking for permission.
This can be very annoying and disrespectful to your hosts.
- Do not make promises you will not accomplish (like sending
- You should not physically touch people, including the
children. No hugging please!
- You should not give money, presents, or sweets to the local
- Avoid public display of affection.
- You should not enter houses without permission.
Things you can do
to help us more
- Do not leave trash anywhere. If you carry something in, you
should carry it out too, as there is no waste disposal in the
- It is strictly prohibited to take any plant, seed or animal
from the forest. It is also prohibited to expropriate or patent
the extract or plants or seeds.
- Please be kind and accept to take out plastic bottles and old
batteries that we may give you to bring back to
message to those of you who are afraid of the social impacts that
you could generate:
- You can buy our beautiful handicrafts and ceramics.
- You can give medicines to our office to constitute a useful
reserve that will be managed by our health director: Francisco
- You can give notebooks, pencils, paints, maps for the
- You can give clothe that you don't use, and that is always
welcome for our children and adults.
- You can donate money to the FUNSSIF and to the ONSHIPAE.
- You can tell people about our fight to preserve our
environment and culture, and urge your government to act to
protect the rainforest.
Some of you might be thinking that
coming here as a tourist is going to disrupt our lives, change our
values, destroy our ancient culture, and that it should be avoided.
The truth is that we have decided to welcome tourists as a conscious
choice to evolve and take our future into our own hands. You would
maybe rather have us wear our traditional clothes or hunt only with
blowguns just as before, to be more in tune with your romantic idea
of life in the forest. But guess what? It is too late. We wear
western clothes, we use flashlights, we already see planes flying
over our heads, and we are aware of the forthcoming oil pressures on
our territory. Our world is changing, but we want to remain in the
forest and to keep our culture alive, without having to fight
against oil workers to protect our rights. And we want you to help