What is The Makineri Journal?
Since 1973, when Manu National Park was created within the Peruvian Amazon, the Matsigenka have been trying to adapt to a new environment, a modern society. Due to strict park regulations and lack of anthropological and cultural support, the Matsigenka are on their own to figure out how to survive in a very judgemental and different society. To make matters more difficult, modern society has also introduced the Spanish language, higher education careers, plastic waste and the concept of excess in their needs and wants. Today, their ancient knowledge and culture are seen as different, something many non-natives do not understand, and therefore the Matsigenka culture is labeled as primitive and without value. The elders are now witnessing their newer generation, taught by foreigners, not finding a value in their ancestral knowledge due to a direct lack of a Matsigenka education. These changes have deeply shaken their delicate symbiotic relationship with their environment, slowly replacing their way of life instead of reinforcing it.
Our project aims to create the Makineri Journal. A journal named after one of their gods of creation, Makineri. The Makineri Journal will document and preserve the culture by educating new generations, whose very lives could be shifted and shaped by inciting value and appreciation about their ancestral ways. This will generate a passion for who they are while encouraging a natural action of wanting to restore and continue their way of life, protecting their symbiotic relationship with their environment. We believe this journal, this action, has value far greater than many other resources to cause a positive change in their society. This journal will offer the resource to guide them to learn and believe, once again, in the importance of their culture and to feel proud of being a Matsigenka, one of the last vestiges of indigenous cultures left in our world.