The Waorani people are legendary hunter-harvesters of the south-central Ecuadorian Amazon. For unknown centuries before their contact by missionaries in the 1960s, they lived in harmony with their rainforest home and developed a rich culture marked by high craftsmanship and artistry, profound spirituality and a sophisticated understanding of the natural world.

Waorani elders know every nook and cranny of their immense rainforest home, which is interwoven by hundreds of miles of trails that connect birthplaces with burial grounds, gardens with villages, hunting camps with fishing holes, plant ...


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