On Wednesday June 16th 2021 the Sapara Nation of Ecuador, recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, will announce their vision for Aytinujinya Sapara: a new pedagogic model to prepare young leaders to tackle the ecological crisis threatening the world, to protect their ancestral territory and to support the transmission of their heritage. 

Date – Wednesday June 16th, 2021
Time – Ecuador: 1pm-2pm. GMT: 6pm-7pm 
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Led by Manari Ushigua, political and spiritual leader of the Sapara Nation in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Aytinujinya Sapara hopes to become a new pedagogy system founded on: 

  • the urgent need to teach young people how to manage the relationship between their territory and the outside world
  • how to move with dexterity between local and planetary needs
  • how to successfully integrate different systems of knowledge 
  • the Declaration of Education, written by Manari Ushigua, is available here

The Sapara Nation of Ecuador are an Indigenous people native to the Amazon Forest along the border of Ecuador and Peru. Early in the 20th century there were 200,000 Sapara while today there are less than 500 and only four, all aged over 70, still speak the Záparo language. The Sapara Nation of Ecuador is recognised by UNESCO as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” because their language and culture are in danger of disappearing. Their vision, culture and way of life are intimately connected to the forest. 


  • Manari Ushigua: Introducing the vision and methodology for Aytinujinya Sapara 
  • Prof. Eduardo Kohn (McGill University): Aytinujinya Sapara and why it matters
  • Maria Belen Paez: Salvando la selva
  • Livia Filotico: How can partners get involved
  • Q&A with audiences


Manari is the political and spiritual leader of the Sapara Nation in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Manari has  been a key figure in the indigenous movement of Ecuador as the Vice President of CONAIE (The National Indigenous Organization of Ecuador) and as the President of the Sapara Indigenous Federation. As a defender of indigenous rights, he has managed to conserve more than 276,000 hectares of primary forest threatened by extractive industries. 

Eduardo is an Associate Professor of anthropology at McGill University. He studies the intimate relationships that the indigenous people of Ecuador’s Upper Amazon have with one of Earth’s most complex ecosystems and translates his findings to protect the forest. His award-winning, internationally acclaimed book How Forests Think is revolutionising the field of anthropology and has been translated in over 10 languages (in Italian out on June 24th with nottetempo).

Livia Filotico is a change maker and independent researcher living between Rome and London. She founded the Moon Festival to engage South London communities in wonder and the Ida to support world changing projects through social, cultural and political change. 

To arrange interviews, to receive further information and visual material please contact Livia Filotico on info@ida-creatives.com | 0039 320 174 1155

If you can’t make this introductory event but you would still like to find out more about what we’re up to, drop us a line and let’s talk info@ida-creatives.com

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