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Keywords:

  • Juventud;
  • Shipibo;
  • Shipibo-Konibo;
  • Amazonia;
  • Organizaciones indígenas
  • Youth;
  • Shipibo;
  • Shipibo-Konibo;
  • Amazon region;
  • Indigenous organizations

Resumen

Muchas sociedades indigenas están preocupadas por su futuro. Las personas mayores no saben cómo las nuevas generaciones van a continuar viviendo y transmitiendo su herencia y se critica a la juventud por cambiar u olvidar las tradiciones. En el caso Shipibo-Konibo, los mayores creen que a los jóvenes solo les interesa vivir en la ciudad y olvidar sus raíces. Sin embargo, no todos piensan así necesariamente. Hay muchas formas de ser Shipibo y de expresar la identidad shipiba. Este artículo discute cómo los valores culturales y morales ayudan a la juventud shipiba a enfrentar los nuevos desafíos de esta época. Asimismo, cómo las organizaciones juveniles shipibas constituyen una forma de lidiar con los dilemas que los y las jóvenes shipibas enfrentan. La pregunta central no es “ser o no ser Shipibo”, sino qué significa ser joven shipibo ahora, en nuevos contextos sociales y culturales.

Abstract

As are other indigenous societies, Shipibo people are concerned about their future. Shipibo-Konibo elders believe that young people are more interested in migrating to the city and engaging in new activities, thus forgetting their own roots and traditions. However, not all Shipibo youngsters act or feel in the same way. There are many different ways of being Shipibo and of expressing Shipibo identity. This article discusses how Shipibo moral and cultural values influence the way in which Shipibo youth respond to their new historical context. During the last 40 years cohorts of young people have organized themselves as a strategy for dealing with the new social and cultural challenges brought about by urban life and formal education. Ultimately, the main question is not necessarily “to be or not to be Shipibo,” but rather what it means to be a young Shipibo person today, in the new social and cultural contexts in which they live.