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Relating With Sacred Plants As a Way of Life

Broadcast on April 30, 2022
With Manari Ushigua
Hosted by Dream Mullick

Discover the pathway sacred plants create to access your dreams and remember your true nature.

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Manari Ushigua

Forest Defender, Spiritual Leader, Founder of Naku

Manari Ushigua is a traditional healer and leader of the Sápara Nation in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The Sápara Nation is recognized by UNESCO as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” Manari has been a key figure in the indigenous movement of Ecuador as the Vice President of CONAIE (The National Indigenous Organization of Ecuador) from 2013-2016, and as the President of the Sápara Indigenous Federation from 1999 to 2012. Manari has participated in international events, like COP21 UN Climate Summit and the UN Universal Periodic Review of human rights, raising awareness about the threat to his homeland. As a defender of indigenous rights, he has managed to conserve more than 276,000 hectares of primary forest threatened by extractive industries.

Manari is the co-founder of the Naku Center, creating a new economic model in the Amazon that is based around cultural and forest preservation.

He has also recently launched an education initiative. Shimaka was born to create curriculums of the forest knowledge to share with the outside world.   


Manari Ushigua