Located in the Peruvian Amazon, the Awajún (sometimes referred to as Aguaruna) have a reputation for being some of the most skillful warriors in South America. They successfully defended their land from the Incas and expelled the Spanish Conquistadors.

Historically living along the banks of the Marañón River in Peru, the Awajun–along with the Wampis, Shiwiar and Achuar in Peru and the Shuar and Achuar in Ecuador–belong to the Jíbaro ethno-linguistic family, which is one the largest ethno-linguistic families in the Amazon.

With notes from the Organization for the Development of the Border Communities of El Cenepa, a group that represents 56 Awajun and Wampis communities.

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