The High Amazon is a region where inhabit Indian nationalities each one with its own culture, language, traditions and customs.
The native people have been an example of harmonic coexistence with the ecosystem of the tropical rain forest. This shows that during thousands of years they have developed knowledge, methods and sustainable technologies to use the resources of the forest without destroying the natural habitat known for its instability.
The native people have suffered big pressures and interferences on behalf of religious organisms, oil companies, timber exploitation and the colonization that had transformed many of their traditional practices, such as the yagé ritual.
For many governments the Amazon forests continue being a challenge that they look frantically to incorporate its unsuspected wealth to the national economies. But most of theses intents to develop theses forests have failed flatly. The different colonization areas have become areas of conflict and poverty. The colonist, peasant in search of uncertain future in lands without owner, before a flag bearer of the development, it is already perceived as an enemy or a victim cutting unmercifully trees and trees with their axe or chainsaw, abandoning their small unproductive properties to the voracity of the big landowners.
Now these people often fight for their rights in front of the intense industrial exploitation of their territories associated with premeditated armed aggression and continued by the systematic destruction of the forest, with defoliants and transgenic mushrooms, popularly called the fight against drug traffic.
In spite of all, the old cultures, with their understandings and invaluable knowledge, get lost irrevocably every day.
This change of mentality has also extended to the indigenous people of the Amazon that have been, during last centuries, victims of prepotency and voracity. Numerous ethnic groups have extinguished; others have been and continue to be evangelized by force to annihilate the malicious spirits with which are identified the old cultures and spiritual practices. Others were enslaved to extract products (like rubber) necessary to maintain the prosperity of western economies.
The inability of the western culture to be able to exchange values and experiences, philosophical visions, spiritual worlds, knowledge and technologies with other cultures, faces us, at this moment, to the situation of losing the only viable models of sustainable use of the Amazon natural resources.
When the uncontrolled forces of the global market economy are growing, we can still glimpse a scanty light of hope so these cultures are able to be reborn among the ashes of their bitter history.
To this light of hope The Ethnic Garden of High Amazon is dedicated, so that the wisdom that took thousands of years to be born, don't die for eternity.