In our on going effort to connect you deeply to our work in South America and around the world, we publish articles about the people, places, and ideas that are related to our work to bring forth a thriving, just, and sustainable world.
Meet our Indigenous Partners, The Achuar
The Achuar are a group of Indigenous peoples of the Amazon Basin, currently numbering around 6,000. Their ancestral lands &emdash; nearly 2 million acres in all &emdash; straddle the modern borders of Ecuador and Peru, a remote area that has allowed them to preserve their way of life with little outside influence or colonization.
An ancient Quechua word, sumak kawsay means "good living" or the "good life." Throughout South America, it is a way of living in harmony within communities, ourselves, and most importantly, nature.