Over the weekend of March 16th-17th, an extraordinary event unfolded in the heart of Brazil’s Puyanawa village—a wedding steeped in history and tradition. It was a momentous occasion as guests from across Brazil and around the world gathered to celebrate the union between Txukukaytxi (Rosane) Puyanawa and Raine Piyãko Asháninka.

Rosa’ne, a young activist, musician, and spokesperson for the Puyanawa community, joined hands with Raine, Vice President of the Yorenka Tatsorentsi Institute and eldest son of Benki Ashaninka.

Led by Cacique Joel Puyanawa and with wise words from Benki, the ceremony was a blend of cultures and traditions, symbolizing the unity between the two communities.

Amidst the rituals, symbolic items were exchanged, each carrying significance. The Ashaninka Women’s Kusma and Feather Crown, symbols of leadership and heritage, passed hands, signifying the integration of the two families. Additionally, the exchange of urucum and jenipapo, traditional paints of the Ashaninka and Puyanawa respectively, represented the merging of customs and values, weaving a tapestry of shared identity and purpose. As the day gave way to night, the festivities continued with vibrant music echoing through the village. The newlyweds, along with members of both communities, filled the air with melody, inviting all to dance and revel in the joyous occasion. Caiçuma flowed freely and laughter mingled with the sounds of guitars and drums, creating an atmosphere of pure celebration and unity. Raine and Rosa’ne’s wedding was more than a union of two individuals—it was a celebration of love, culture, and the power of community. As the echoes of their wedding songs faded into the night, they left behind a legacy of love that will continue to resonate for generations to come.

photos: Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri

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