Kene: the Shipibo-Conibo pattern

Kene, in the language of the Shipibo-Conibo people, means the drawing of your path. Before the Shipibos met the Incas and learn to use cotton to weave, they drew the Kene on their bodies. Hands, chest, face and feet, for a special and mysterious purpose. With it, they lived related to the forest. 
There are many books about the Kene, many people interested and hundreds of anthropologists that have interpreted and talk about it. But still, so little we know about the Kene. The Kene reveals their « cosmovision », the knowledge and the aesthetic. With more than 35 000 individuals, they represent the most popular tribe of the Peruvian rainforest.
The art of the Kene traditionally belongs to women. It is not about drawings portraying landscapes, animals or people. The geometrics lines of the Kene first originate in the world of the mind by showing themselves through visions or dreams before appearing to the physical world.
The elders say the Kene is the musical drawing of your path. Each one is unique. All the drawings take root from the spots that are present on the snakes’ skin called Ronin, the anaconda and guardian of the water. Ronin is the major figure of their « cosmovision » .
Ani-Xeati : the Shipibo-Conibo culture celebration

The "Ani Xeati" took place on the 2, 3 & 4 of November 2017 at the Caco-Macaya community in the Peruvian Rainforest. 
This is a traditional indigenous reunion from the Shipibo-Conibo people, organized for the first time in more than 10 years. 
They reunited to share their dances and music with a huge drum made of a tree trunk. There was also the traditional "masato" a drink made of manioc, served on beautiful pottery. The art of Kené was aso exhibited on their skins and clothes. 
The common will is to put the Shipibo Elders together to preserve memory and to transmite to the next generations.
Maria Dominga
On December the 20th I went to the northern desert of Peru in search of myths and stories about the enchanted people of the sand dunes. 
In the Sechura sand desert in the north of Peru, a great pre-columbian civilization took place : The Sec people. 
But the Sec disappeared with the Spanish invasion. Today, the habitants of the Sechura town tell that the Sec people didn't die, but are hidden inside the sand dunes. They say the Sec like to appear at the setting sun light. They called it the enchanted hour. 
One of the people that appear is a young woman that they named Maria Dominga. I took portraits of this enchanted person and of the enchanted places to share with you all.
Fisherman in land

I traveled to the beautiful beachtown of Zorritos, in the north of Peru. In the evening I went to the harbor where I found many fisherman repairing their boats. They told me their stories and talked about their work. Many come from different parts of Peru. Some left the city of Lima to become men of the sea. One of them told me he escaped from justice to find peace and solitude there. 
Every evening they go to the beach to repair their boats using simple materials lake pieces of rope and glue. Some boats take months to be repaired, in which time the fisherman can't go back to sea. Luckily this fisherman master the art of patience! 
What I liked most of this men is their solitude and mystery.  
Matea found gold

Matea is a Peruvian woman from a small town called "Pata Cancha'' in Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Peru.
My partner and I went to Pata Cancha in search for a lake in the highest point of the Andes. Instead, we found stories and we met Matea who invited us to stay at her place. 
Matea showed us the land, the trees and flowers. At the end of the day, she took us to a different place covered with dried grass. There, she sat and softly took some of it away to let us see the yellow potato she had hidden. It is called 'occa' and it's Matea's gold.
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