Matsés Exhibition 'Time is Life'
Time is Life. An exhibition where we invite you to enter the world of the Matsés - a world where life transcends time and where daily life is carried by the rhythm of the river, of the trees, and of the forest itself.
Qorikancha Museum, Cusco, Peru - 21st March - 29th April 2019.
Monday - Saturday - 8.30AM - 5.30PM
Entrance: 15 soles (includes entrance to the Inca site)
With an approximate population of 2200 people on the Peruvian side of their territory, the Matsés are the stewards of over 1 million hectares of Amazon rainforest. This situates the Matsés as not only protectors of a vast tract of remaining Amazon rainforest, but as defenders of a way of life that is threatened by the existence and encroachment of ours.
Their 1969 introduction to peaceful and permanent contact with the outside world marked the beginning of a new relationship to not only outsiders, but to their own collective identity and the isolated tribes that live deeper in the jungle. The Matsés today, like many indigenous groups, inhabit a space of liminality, with their feet in two worlds: the past and the future, the forest and the city, an ancient way of life and modern woes, timelessness and time-bound.
Photos of the exhibition opening where we were joined by Matsés master plant healer, Antonio Manquid Jiménez Tafur, and artisan elder, Margarita Flores Perez.
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