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Building the Ni Yuxibu Sanctuary

Building the Ni Yuxibu Sanctuary


Be part of the action in the preservation of the Amazon Forest, helping the Huni Kuin Shaman Txana Ixan to take care of the Ni Yuxibu Sanctuary.

Due to aggressive changes in the current political and economic scenario in Brazil, we’re facing a growing threat that jeopardizes both the Amazon rainforest and it’s original peoples and their formidable knowledge. These changes impose a disruption that challenges these communities to maintain their traditions and preserved forests in the face of growing economic interests and political pressure on their territories.


The Jordan region, inhabited in several demarcated territories, mostly by the Huni Kuin people, is no exception, invasions are becoming more and more constant, and we all lose, along with the Forest, infinite possibilities.


Much is said nowadays about the concept of ‘standing forest’, that is, that the forest has greater value, including economic, with its conserved biodiversity than that devastated to become a pasture for cattle.

However, with each passing day, more territories are invaded, and environmental massacres have taken place with great frequency, also in areas where indigenous peoples are living.The Jordão region, inhabited in several demarcated territories, mostly by the Huni Kuin people, is no exception, invasions are becoming more and more constant, and we all lose, along with the Forest, infinite possibilities.

The Huni Kuin people of the Ni Yuxibu at Altamira village, located 15 km from the village of Jordão, in the heart of the Amazon, still today have a big part of its territory, in a state of great preservation, with an immeasurable richness of biodiversity, fauna and flora. This area is located about 20 minutes from the village, and is called the Sacred Space.
Sacred Space in the Amazon Rainforest

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It is in this space, covering an extensive area of primary forest, that the ‘Santuário do Pajé’ - shaman’s sanctuary will be created.

It’ll be everyone’s sanctuary, where hardwoods will be planted for investment in future generations, as well as food production as an agroecological laboratory, and the planting and application of forest medicinal plants, in what we are calling a perfect future, with the triad: preserved forest + medicine + food.

Why the Ni Yuxibu Sanctuary project?

The Ni Yuxibu Sanctuary project, to be developed in the Seringal Independência Indigenous Land, belonging to the Huni Kuin people, arises from two fundamental premises.

The first is the protection and preservation of a territory that has one of the greatest biodiversity on the planet and that is threatened by hunters, loggers and ranchers. The second premise is the protection of the immaterial legacy, the oral wisdom of the Huni Kuin people; known worldwide for being great connoisseurs of the forest.

A perspective of inspection, surveillance and protection for the Huni Kuin indigenous land, for the forest itself, and also for isolated peoples, as this is a very sensitive area, crossed by hunters and land grabbers, with the intention of taking possession, even reaching isolated indigenous peoples.



Through the knowledge accumulated since prehistory by these native peoples, it was possible to transform one of the most inhospitable environments in the world into housing, abundant food, medicine and spiritual practices. Without a complete forest, the knowledge of the Huni Kuin people, generation after generation, it could be lost like so many others.

We understand, therefore, that the two premises complement each other and that the preservation of both environmental and cultural heritage is of immeasurable value for humanity.

Project Goals
1) Establish with the indigenous people a sanctuary territory, in the heart of their lands, intended solely for the preservation of the Amazonian fauna and flora and the perpetuation of the ancestral tradition of knowledge of the Huni Kuin people. The territory will be signaled and inspected.

2) Allocate the Txana Ixan shaman in this territory, far from the main village of the Indigenous Land, providing him with a monthly income and all the necessary structure so that he can settle in the sanctuary and work daily in the inspection, protection, reforestation, planting of food and medicinal plants.


3) Enable the infrastructure that will allow the place to perform the traditional rites and practices of the Huni Kuin people, as well as to develop activities with quality and safety with the people themselves, as well as guests, tourists, researchers, etc.


Whats the destination of Funding?

Campaign to raise approximately USD 4.400,00 (BRL 22,000.00)

1) Construction of the shaman's house, which will also serve as a guesthouse and support point for events and other local projects. BRL R$ 15,000.00

2) Design, printing and installation of plaques and signs for the demarcation and positioning of the sanctuary's territory: R$ 2,000.00

3) Acquisition of a simple radio (and a solar charger) for communication with the main village and inspection regarding illegalities that have taken place in the indigenous land: R$ 1,000.00

4) Tools and equipment for personal protection and survival in a place as isolated as the Ni Yuxibu sanctuary. R$ 4,000.00

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Donate Monthly & Become a Guardian of the Sanctuary

For those who are looking to continually help by becoming a sponsor of this Ni Yuxibu sanctuary initiative, consider become a monthly supporting member.

To guarantee, in a first moment, the possibility of demarcating this territory, signaling and protecting it we need someone living there. Your help will provide the shaman's (pajé) income for 1 year, our goal is raise R$ 1,500.00 (USD 300,00) per month for 12 months.

Despite of the ecological issue, we care for intangible heritage as well. Keeping the pajé in his sanctuary is also a revival of old traditions, where the shaman lives near by the village, in his sanctuary and medicinal gardens.

This social role was also in threat with the economical and political influences, and also prejudice and religious intolerance. In many villages the shamans are vanishing with their in-commensurable knowledge.