Huni Kuin School

Huni Kuin School

Acre, Brazil


Katya Bakhirka

Huni Kuin School Project

The Deep Forest Foundation has recently approved a new project application from the Associação Povos da Terra to build a place of learning in the village of Boa Vista which is located in the indigenous Alto Rio Jordão region of Acre, Brazil. The center aims to create a unique space for elders of the community and people with profound knowledge of plant medicines, indigenous traditions, history and rituals to pass on their experience to new generations, teaching the young as well as foreigners.

The center will be a place where elders from different communities can come together to share and exchange their knowledge, to practice and to ensure that their unique skills and ancestral experience does not die out but is passed down generations. It will also be a place where foreigners can learn first hand about indigenous culture and traditions.

The place of learning will be equipped with accommodation units, a ceremonial maloka and also separate kitchen and bathroom facilities across a complex of buildings to house visitors close but not inside the village so as to avoid disrupting village life. The implementation of this project is planned for early 2018.