Journey to Mutum: An Indigenous Celebration


Fri, 10/28/2016 - 6:00pm to Sun, 10/30/2016 - 11:00am

Spots are filling up fast! There are only 8 spots left for the whole weekend. This event is likely to be sold out. Make your reservation today below!

Overnight accommodations are fully booked and no longer available.

This is an educational fundraiser and an opportunity to learn from, interact with, and celebrate the Yawanawá tribal members from the village of Mutum, in Brazil's Amazon forest in the northwestern state of Acre. The Ojai Foundation along with Indigenous Celebration are pleased to present this fun-filled weekend which offers a full immersion into the vibrant culture of a people living in true harmony with nature.

Eight Yawanawá tribe members have journeyed from their home in the remote Amazon forest to the US to sing ancestral songs, play traditional games, and share their rich culture... all to save their way of life, their language, and their spiritual heritage from extinction. Be among the first to experience this intimate, once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a culture that lives in true harmony with nature. All ages welcome.

The Unfortunate Truth

The Yawanawá have endured the trials and tribulations common to many indigenous people, such as rubber tappers, colonization, and negative impact from missionaries. A generational gap exists in the Yawanawá (as in many tribes), where the youth no longer speak their ancestral tongue, opting to speak Portuguese instead, and thus losing their connection with their cultural heritage and spiritual lineage.

  • No one under the age of 40 can speak Yawanawá fluently anymoreElders who are close to 100 years of age are no longer able to transmit their spiritual knowledge. 
  • One language dies every 14 days.
  • Nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear by 2100.

It is with great urgency that we move to preserve a knowledge, a way of life, which is so critical to the future of human existence on this Earth.

So What Now?

One thing that makes this tribe unique is the way in which its members have built and maintained relationships with Western culture. Though irreversibly altered by our modern society, the Yawanawá have embraced their place in this world with open arms. They have formed business relationships with skin care company Aveda through selling seeds, as well as major fashion companies. All of these efforts serve to support their income and families, now that climate change and colonization have made "living off the land" impossible. On this tour, the Yawanawá hope to spread their message and expand consciousness for environmental and social healing in order to preserve and share their way of life. 

How You Can Get Involved

Form a human connection. Spend time with indigenous people, get to know them on a personal level, and learn their timeless wisdom so you can spread that knowledge to others. 

Funds raised through this weekend will go towards establishing the Traditional School of Mutum (TSM) in the Mutum village in the state of Acre, Brazil for Yawanawá children ages 7-14. The TSM will provide food, lodging and school supplies to children learning their native Yawanawá language, traditional legends, ancestral spiritual practices and sacred plant knowledge, as passed down orally from generation to generation.

The Yawanawá will receive 100% of the income (minus meal expenses) for Friday night's events. All other income (minus meals and accommodations) will be split 50/50 between the Yawanawá and TOF. 


"Bringing the deep Amazon to Miami", The New Tropic

"Yawanawá tribe members try to save cultural heritage through concerts," MyStatesman


Friday night, 6-10pm
Evening Fundraising Event
This special evening will feature supper at TOF followed by an intimate Yawanawá experience: songs and storytelling in the Deep Kiva. ALL proceeds for this event go towards the Traditional School of Mutum (TSM) as well as Yawanawá travel expenses. 
Pricing: $250 per person for the whole evening. 30 person limit. 2 spots left!

Saturday, 10am-3pm
Full Day Workshop

  • Opening: Supa Prayer and Cleansing Fire ceremony
  • traditional games and teachings, intergenerational exchange, skin paint, and arts
  • Ending: a Grand Council, an opportunity for all to sit in circle together

Pricing: Kids under 12 come for free! $125 includes the whole day of events, as well as lunch, dinner, and the evening program. $85 includes the whole day of events and evening program--meals are not included. $60 for students includes meals and evening performance.

Saturday night, 7:30pm
Journey to Mutum 
A public performance of songs, stories, and ceremony with the Yawanawá in the Council House.
Pricing: $25 per person.

Sunday morning, 9:30-10:30am
Sunrise Ceremony 
Open to all. The weekend will close with ceremony and a final circle under the Teaching Tree.
Pricing: by donation.

If you experience any difficulties with online registration, please call Michele at 805-646-8343, ext. 123 to make your reservations. Apologies for any inconvenience.