Rodrigo Yucuna talks with a festival visitor after painting the visitor’s face with traditional Amazonian markings.
Photo by Francisco Guerra, Smithsonian Institution
Rodrigo Yucuna paints a visitor’s face with traditional markings of the indigenous culture.
Photo by Rebecca Weil, Smithsonian Institution
Photo courtesy of Embassy of Colombia in Washington, D.C.
Photo by Michelle Arbeit, Smithsonian Institution
Rodrigo Yucuna is a maloquero, a traditional Yukuna and Matapí knowledge specialist. As a maloquero, he preserves the maloca, or body of knowledge, by passing on Yucuna healing practices, dances, and traditional rituals and stories to the younger generation.