Parque Etno-botánico Omaere


Indigenous People(s): Shuar
Country: Ecuador
Product(s): Natural medicine
Description: The name "Omaere" means "nature of the jungle" in Waorani language. The park was founded in 1993 by a Shuar woman and two other French women. Together they formed the Omaere Foundation and bought a plot of 15 hectares on the outskirts of the city of Puyo where they began to sow the most useful plants for the indigenous cultures of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Now, almost 20 years years later, the plants have grown and Omaere looks like a secondary forest. The Shuar and Waorani lifestyle and cosmovision to coexist with the Amazon are taught in traditional houses within the gardens.

The name "Omaere" means "nature of the jungle" in Waorani language. The park was founded in 1993 by a Shuar woman and two other French women. Together they formed the Omaere Foundation and bought a plot of 15 hectares on the outskirts of the city of Puyo and began to sow the most useful plants for the indigenous cultures of the Ecuadorian Amazonia. Now, almost 20 years years later, the plants have grown and Oamere looks like a secondary forest. The Shuar and Waorani lifestyle and cosmogony, which coexists with the Amazon, are taught in traditional houses within the gardens.

The Omaere Park was one of the first ethnobotanical parks in Latin America. Ethnobotany studies the relationships between cultures and plants around them including medicinal, housing, religion and for nurture purposes, plants are a fundamental part of the lives of Amazon indigenous communities.

The park is also dedicated to teaching about various indigenous cultures of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Contact: Teresa Shiki
Email: tereshiki@yahoo.es
Telephone: +593 98 117 0842
Website: http://omaere.wordpress.com
Source of Information: Indigenous Map

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