Last Amazon post, Siona tribe day!
We were lucky to get to visit an indigenous tribe from Cuyabeno. The tribe is called the Sionas.
They showed us how to make bread from a yuca plant called Casve. We went to the fields, chopped and pulled the yuca. Then, cleaned and grated the potato into small pieces. Next, she uses this massive strainer that was essentially braided tree bark to drain the water from the plant. Lastly, she used a siv to discard the last clumps. The yuca ended up being a consistency of flour. She spread out the flour on a clay pan with no other ingredients or oil and it cooked like a big pancake. It had the same texture as bread. Pretty cool!
Next, we met a Shaman. The Shaman is the doctor of the village healing by giving a drink called Ayahuasca and preforming a ritual like the video above. Each “sick” person goes to the Shaman and he takes the same drink with the patient. The patient will begin to hallucinate and based on the hallucinations the Shaman can determine their sickness. The drink is made from fermented tree bark/plants… We tasted a tiny sip.. It was disgusting. Haha.
At times the rituals seemed like hocus pocus but then other times, he came off as an incredibly knowledgable doctor based on his years of studying plants/diseases of the tribe.
I really enjoyed the trip. I couldn’t have asked for a better guide and group of people to visit the Amazon. Thank you Amazon, it was certainly a once in a lifetime experience!