Our memory program focuses on reclaiming our true values by being in relationship with the great indigenous traditions of our time.

- George Orwell

Remembering our values

The Long View in Practice

In 2013 , we realized that we need to look at the world around us through a longer view, where everything is connected and in relationship with one another.

We realized that we were in a battle of values. On one side is a story about the ongoing process of accumulation that seeks to make all individuals believe that a person is only here for one’s self. Another story is the story of community, reciprocity, and collective work. This is the story of who we truly are as humans, that the dominant story tries to make us forget.

Colonialism attempts to make us forget our connection with the past, which is why it is imperative for us to dig deep into our rich legacy of belonging to tribes, and our connection with the multiplicity of species that live on earth. Here at the Ayni Institute we believe that Memory is alive, that it’s in our bodies, in our oldest temples, in the highlands of the Andes, in the coasts of Africa, in the seas of Asia, and the forests of Europe. For some, Memory speaks in words, for others, it speaks a language we still have but is often overlooked, the language of symbols.

Our stories have not been erased; the living past, our indigenous communities across the world, they are still here and by being in relationship with them, we can begin to remember who we truly are, and in that process our values will emerge.

The Mysteries of the Andes seeks to accomplish something that hasn’t been done before, to document the stories of Andean and Amazonian communities from a holistic perspective.

Learning the values & practices of reciprocity, community & collective work

Becoming a Memory Keeper

The Memory Program

Our Memory Program bridges local communities to the people and projects we are connected to through the Memory Fund. We spread the word about the work of our Memory Protectors (the project’s leaders), we engage new people, and we develop local community members to become Memory Keepers. We do this in two ways:

1) We support the Memory Fund projects with our skills, time and resources. Examples include the translating of books or films, setting up and doing film screenings, and fundraising.

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2) We create opportunities for people to awaken their long view and develop spaces to integrate what we learn from the indigenous elders we work alongside with.

Look below for upcoming events.

We recently organized the Yachay Seminar and Tour which brought together four indigenous elders from Latin America to lead Dialogues of Wisdom on topics centered around indigenous communities and lessons that are applicable to our everyday lives.

Thank you to everyone for your support!

Yachay Seminar 2018

Preserving the traditions of Indigenous Communities

The Memory Fund

Through the Memory Fund, we provide resources directly to projects that preserve the traditions, beliefs and cultures of indigenous communities.

The Fund is guided by a vision of ayni, minka, and ayllu – reciprocity, collective work, and community. Projects and ideas that are funded by the Memory Fund must engage in ayni or reciprocity with the indigenous communities they work with, they must acknowledge that this work is minka or done collectively, and must act towards building community or ayllu.

We are currently financially supporting:

A 9-film series called The Mysteries of the Andes. It’s the first holistic and communally rooted visual documentation of the stories of Andean and Amazonian communities of Peru. We are currently supporting the 4th film of the series, which is in development.

A Cusco based production company, Andes Imagen Comunicaciones, with the mission of supporting indigenous leaders to share their stories through film. They are the producers of The Mysteries of the Andes series. Phutu is their non-profit arm.

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Previously Supported Projects

The Latin American Andes

A store with a mission

Invest in the legacy of our communities

Through the Ayni Store we sell Memory education materials, art, apparel, and crafts. The majority of the profit goes to sustaining the Memory Fund, while the rest supports the Memory Program.