In 1989 the original Santi community of Rio Chico, founded by Viriglio Santi, was becoming overcrowded. Over ten years since the death of the great clan-head and community founder, renowned warrior and shaman Virgilio Santi, different factions within the family had drifted from the customs of Apayaya, and even begun to talk of accepting the Dominican missionaries’ offer to build a church.

Rafael Santi decided to found a new community within the Kichwa reservation territory of the Commune of Saint Jacinto Davila. It would be a community of resistance against the increasing oil activity in the province, and a community of strong adherence to Virgilio Santi’s teachings and customs – particularly to never accept the foreign religion.

Rafael and his eldest son Flavio, assisted by much extended family, chose a well-known place within their llacta, or clan territory, to clear forest for a new community plaza, houses, and gardens. It is a place of many spirits, with abundant wellsprings. They named the new community “Amazanga”, after the great protector spirit of the forest. Amazanga is the First Teacher, and the “Mother” or “Owner” of all game.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER (posted July 22, 2019):

We have received a number of complaints from women who have visited the Amazanga community regarding inappropriate touching and sexual harassment, including incidents occurring within a healing and ceremonial context. We strongly recommend all potential visitors to consult with us directly in advance of planning a trip to this region. Based on this information, we cannot endorse any healing sessions, ceremonies, or cultural visits beyond those organized by the Wayusa School team.  The Wayusa School team is committed to the ethical practices of providing a safe, informed, and harassment-free environment for the engagement of ancestral teachings and healing.

To support a safe environment for those participating in Wayusa School activities, we are committed to the following:

–       Transparency in our procedures of facilitated healing and learning

–       Clear communication with regards to expectations and outcomes

–       A set protocol for participants to provide informed and ongoing consent, with opportunities to request additional support

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