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Achuar


The Achuar are an Amazonian community of some 4,500 individuals along either side of the border in between Ecuador and Peru. As of the early 1970s, the Achuar were one of the last of the Jivaroan groups still to be spared the effects of western contact.

The name Achuar means the people of the aguaje palm.

Achuar life centers on the domestic household, which consists of a basic family unit often including close relatives. There are usually about ten to fifteen households within the society dispersed throughout the area but still in a relatively close distance of each other. Marriages are typically polygamous with partners somewhat related, or in some instances women are taken from nearby tribes during raids.

Related websites

The official Ecuadorian Achuar website

The official Peruvian Achuar website

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