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Ecuador Ethnicity & Culture
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The Achuar
They are part of the linguistic group of the jivaros that extend into the Amazon of Peru.

It is a community that lives between the Pastaza river and the Morona river, and are characterized by their ability to navigate the water and to produce blowguns.

For a long time, they exchanged products through the Shuar, indirectly with the Andes and the world. Their traditional drink is chicha made from yucca or chonta. There are around 2,500 Achuar people that live from hunting and what they grow and from agriculture less so than the Shuar. This has helped their environment to be maintained in a better state than the Shuar territory.

Quichuas of the Amazon
They also maintain the quichua language and are spread through various provinces in the oriente, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza and Sucumbios. They try to maintain their traditional way of life. However, now some work in the oil companies and have left their economy of subsistence hunting and farming for a Western market economy.

The Shuar
They live on the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains. They mainly settled in the provinces of Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe. They live from the cattle introduced in the decades of the sixties and seventies, cultivate yucca as their main product and produce textiles of high quality. It is their custom to build houses where they live for six or seven years or until the leader of the family died, then they move to look for new frontiers. They are also part of the linguistic group of the jivaros.


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