I just wanted to give a shout-out to the Kantza kickstarter, a campaign that's nearing its goal but just needs a little more help to reach it before the deadline next week. Amazon Voice is behind the project, a group striving to create a multimedia network in the Amazon rainforest for indigenous communities.
It's a terrific initiative, one that empowers the Shuar people to make their own film, from their own perspective. It's especially inspiring to see how quickly the Shuar took to the multimedia technology, professional filmmakers all along:
Like their neighbours the Achuar and other Amazon tribes, communal dreaming is integral to the daily life of the Shuar. The Kantza project itself began with a dream; the Tawasap village chief dreamt of a media centre that neighbouring communities could use to communicate with the outside world, a collaborative creative hub for the Amazon. It's William Gibson's Neuromancer, rainforest shaman edition.
In recent years the Daily Grail has developed a keen interest in shamanism and indigenous traditions of the Amazon, from Wade Davis to ayahuasca, and the Kantza project is one we heartily recommend you dig deep for to support. Ancient wisdom in exchange for technological shinies is a fair trade!
~ The World Is As You Dream It: Teachings from the Amazon and Andes by John Perkins (Amazon US, Kindle, UK)
~ Dream Practices of the Achuar by Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., and Frank Pascoe, Ph.D.