Yucuna shaman, craftsman, Pedrera
Rodrigo Yucuna is a maloquero, a traditional Yukuna and Matapí knowledge specialist. As a maloquero, he preserves the maloca, or body of knowledge, by passing on Yucuna healing practices, dances, and traditional rituals and stories to the younger generation
Rodrigo Yucuna talks with a festival visitor after painting the visitor’s face with traditional Amazonian markings.
Photo by Francisco Guerra, Smithsonian Institution