between the 'Lungs' and 'Heart' of the World; from 'Amazon to Avalon'.
Amazon Tribal Leaders – from the Achuar, Shuar, and Zapara nations – to Glastonbury on 8th and 9th
July, as part of an international ‘Amazonian Ambassadors’ mission to inform the world of the
environmental disaster occurring in the Amazon, relating to the destruction of the rainforests.
The three Tribal Leaders, as representatives of the people who inhabit the Amazon [the ‘Lungs of
the World’], will meet with the Mayor and Council as the civic representatives of the people of
Glastonbury [the ‘Heart of the World’] at the Town Council meeting of Tuesday 9th July 2013.
Leader from the Wachirpas village deep in the rainforest of
Ecuador. She is among the first women from her tribe to
ever travel abroad. Having collaborated with the highly
acclaimed Achuar owned and operated, Kapawi Ecolodge,
including their language program for employees, Jiyunt has
some experience with the English language and visitors
from the outside world. She comes as an ambassador for
her people, forest and all Amazonian women.
from the rainforest village of Yuwintsa in Ecuador. His
leadership qualities were recognized at a young age and he
now has significant experience in positions of responsibility.
His main focus is cultural preservation, defending traditional
values and language, and developing viable alternatives to oil
Tribal Leader who was born in the village of
Llanchamacocha in Ecuador’s rainforest. The Zapara were
thought to be extinct in recent times and have since gained
U.N. World Heritage Status for their culture and language.
Yanda now lives in the small town of Puyo, working as a
radio reporter. His program is aired on the Waorani
tribe’s radio station. Yanda has also created a web-based
network to share information about what is happening to
the rainforest and its people.