Territorial appropriation and identity among the Asháninka of the Peruvian Central Amazon
Researcher: Margrethe Steinert, master student
Photo: Margrethe Steinert
My project is about the Asháninka of the Peruvian Central Amazon and how they are challenged to find new alternatives for the continuity of their lifestyle. I would like to focus on the importance of territorial appropriation. Due to increased resettlement of highland migrants, the increase of mining and timber industries, state projects concerning the use of water resources, tourism, missionaries and technological advancements, the Asháninka way of life feels threatened. These global processes force them to look for alternatives for cultural sustainment. The community where I will conduct my fieldwork views territorial appropriation as such an alternative. The Asháninka share a territory in Alto Purus with the Yanesha, also interested in making it into a new community where Asháninka from San Miguel and Yanesha in the area of Pasco can live. Hence my fieldwork will be conducted in the community of San Miguel Mirankiari situated in the region of Júnin and in Alto Purus in the region of Pasco.