Workshops and videos building artisan capacity in the Ampiyacu
CACE is helping native artisans from the Ampiyacu River region to make more and better handicrafts in a sustainable way. Last year we co-led a series of workshops with the Field Museum of Chicago to help Bora and Huitoto artisans improve their communication, cooperation, quality control and reforestation planning. This year we have invited artisans from 7 villages to workshops to learn how to make popular models of belts, guitar straps and ornaments from experienced artisans. We are also filming these artisans explaining how they make these crafts step-by-step to produce a DVD to share with artisans from all 15 communities in the region.
Rosewood Project Progressing
CACE and its ally NGO Camino Verde planted 900 rosewood (Aniba roseaodora) seedlings in the Bora native village of Brillo Nuevo in February 2013 to create a sustainable source of rosewood oil. Since then we have been monitoring their growth and survival every three months and learning a lot about which conditions are most favorable. CV director Robin van Loon visited last summer and predicted we would be able to do our first harvest of leaves and branches in early 2016. In the meantime we are working with a few families from the town of Tamshiyacu to gain practice making quality essential oil from with our new shredder and stainless steel distiller.
Chambira palm survey and cooperative reforestation
Our Ampiyacu project manager Yully Rojas has continued leading inventories of secondary forests (“purma”) in Brillo Nuevo where artisans collect most of the chambira palm they use to make woven handicrafts. This summer we encouraged a group of women to help one of their fellow artisans plant dozens of chambira seedlings in her “purma” so she would have a greater supply of the raw material to make her crafts. This activity was accompanied by the first digital photo workshop for women in the village. We got nice shots of women with their babies in the forest and a beautiful tarantula. See full story and photos.
New Amazon hair barrettes and hat bands with Ampiyacu artisans
Bora artisans create dye plant garden as hedge against flooding
“Artisans of the Ampiyacu” video debuts on YouTube
Certificates and clothing for Bora artisans
Near the end of our time in Brillo Nuevo, CACE gave certificates to each of our partner artisans with a level corresponding to the total value and number of their crafts we had sold in the past year. Top sellers also received a package of gifts of household items. The women had fun at this ceremony that they said gave them an extra incentive to make quality crafts. We also served refreshments and our Ampiyacu project manager Yully Rojas gave each woman a share of donated clothing brought to Peru with the help of funds raised by Baltimore Yearly Meeting Young Friends (Quaker high school group). Also on hand for the celebration were this summer's Amazon Field Volunteers, Amrit Moore and Luke Plowden - both of whom also happen to be active in the Quaker community. See full story and photos.
Volunteers making a difference
Students from Penn State University are helping the Center with their skills and time with photography, video, graphic design, marketing, writing and research. See Profiles of Current and Past Interns and Key Volunteers.
CACE helps native artisans in Peru to increase their income and supporting their communities to improve health, education and forest conservation. See full Project Description on GlobalGiving and our latest progress report
Amazon Forest Store
Visit our new online Amazon Forest Store to buy fair-trade crafts made by our partner artisans from Peru. We are first offering some beautiful baskets handwoven with chambira palm fiber by artisans from the Manos Amazonicas artisan association from the village of Chino on the Tahuayo River. We will gradually add more products as well as stories, photos and videos about the people, plants and places that went into making these crafts.
CACE on FacebookWe post updates and photos on our Facebook pages. Please "Like" our CACE non-profit organization page or join our CACE group page.
Read articles about CACE's work in Peru with lots of photos. See the latest story.
CACE & Fair Trade
CACE is now a member of the Fair Trade Federation. We will soon start selling crafts made by our artisan partners online and to other fair trade stores. Read about the nine FTF fair trade principles..
Amazon Crafts on eBaySee items posted for sale by eBay sellers who have agreed to donate at least 10% of the purchase price to CACE through eBay Giving Works at CACE eBay. .
CACE on PinterestCACE is now posting some of our favorite photos on Pinterest. Please share ones you like as well. Visit Center for Amazon Community Ecology's profile on Pinterest.
CACE Field Sites in Peru
Reports from the Field
Videos about Copal Project and Amazon Handicrafts
Learn more about the copal project in the videos:Amazon Ecology (Part 1): Use and insect ecology of copal resin in the Peruvian Amazon and Amazon Ecology (Part 2): Sustainable harvest and marketing of copal resin in the Peruvian Amazon.Our newest video Artisans of the Ampiyacutells the story in intimate images and music of the native artisans that CACE works with in the Ampiyacu River basin of the Peruvian Amazon to develop and market innovative handicrafts. Please share the video link with others.
Peruvian Amazon Handicrafts: People, Plants and Community Support features craft makers from two of the Center's partner communities: the town of Jenaro Herrera on the Ucayali River and the Bora native community of Brillo Nuevo in the Ampiyacu River region. It shows ways that people use diverse plants to make their handicrafts and how the Center is supporting local schools by returning part of the proceeds of these crafts sold in the U.S. The piece was shot and produced by cinemaphotographer Greg Harriott when he was an Amazon Field Volunteer with the Center in 2008. Also see Greg's Introduction to Jenaro Herrera and Handicrafts of the Peruvian Amazon by video intern Matt Hunter.
CACE seminar on the web
Also see the CACE cover story of the summer 2011 ICIK E-News for an article by Plowden with the same title.