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Participant Portfolios / Amazonian Rainforest

Rodrigo Yucuna

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

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Rodrigo Yucuna
Rodrigo Yucuna

Rodrigo Yucuna talks with a festival visitor after painting the visitor’s face with traditional Amazonian markings.
Photo by Francisco Guerra, Smithsonian Institution