Amazon Frontlines

We are a non-profit organization working with indigenous peoples to defend their rights to land, life and cultural survival in the Amazon

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The Kofán are keepers of an ancient and widely revered knowledge of their forest. Kofán healers were highly regarded for their abilities and their understanding and use of plant medicines. A brutal history of colonization, conquest and forced religious conversion has resulted in the widespread loss of much of this vital knowledge. Today, only a few elders maintain some of the Kofán’s ancestral healing practices, including the drinking of the yagé and yocó vines.⠀

Alianza Ceibo and Amazon Frontlines are working with the Kofán people to recover and reclaim ancestral practices on the verge of disappearing and to transfer this knowledge to the younger generation. Learn more about the Kofán people’s efforts to preserve their ancestral culture at:⠀

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A mural of a Kofán shaman in the oil boom town of Lago Agrio. ⠀

The Kofán people were one of the first indigenous nations to be affected by the oil industry in the western Amazon. Texaco established the oil camp of Lago Agrio, named after Sour Lake, Texas, Texaco’s hometown, and dug its first well in the heart of the Kofán’s ancestral homeland in the early 1960s. The place where Lago Agrio was established was known by the Kofán as Amisacho, named for a particular reed that was so sharp they used it to cut umbilical chords post birth. ⠀

For the Kofán, a place once associated with birth became synonymous with death with the arrival of Texaco and the following decades of oil extraction and environmental contamination. Rivers and streams that the Kofán rely upon for drinking water have been poisoned and for decades the Kofán have faced a health crisis in their communities. ⠀

Today, the Kofán are working towards solutions alongside Alianza Ceibo​ and Amazon Frontlines​, building rainwater catchment systems that are providing their people with access to clean drinking water. You can learn about this ongoing initiative to bring health back into Kofán communities affected by oil contamination by visiting: ⠀
and help bring clean water to Kofán families by donating:⠀



The A’i people, known more widely as the Kofán, historically occupied a territory that spread from the foothills of the Andes mountains deep into the Amazon basin in what is now Ecuador and Colombia. Before the arrival of the Spanish it is estimated that the Kofán numbered between 15,000 to 20,000 people. Centuries of brutality at the hands of conquistadors, missionaries, rubber tappers, five decades of civil war in Colombian and Ecuador, and most recently, the presence of oil companies, decimated the Kofán people, their culture and their lands. The Kofán now number approximately 2,100 people and live in a greatly reduced and fragmented territory.⠀

Today, the Kofán, along with the other indigenous peoples of the Amazon, face immense and ongoing threats to their ancestral culture, their land and their way of life. As one of the four indigenous nations that make up the organization Alianza Ceibo, members of the Kofán nation and dozens of Kofán communities are working alongside Amazon Frontlines to defend their lives and their forests for future generations. We are honored to work with the Kofán and are excited to share information about their struggle and stories from their communities. ⠀

You can learn more about the A’i Kofán on our website:



The Amazon is the world’s largest and most biodiverse rainforest, and one of our planet’s greatest defenses against the climate change we are all experiencing more and more each year. At Amazon Frontlines we believe that empowering the original inhabitants of this forest is the best strategy for its protection. This is why we are working alongside the organization Alianza Ceibo, comprised of members four indigenous nations of the western Amazon, and alongside more than 55 indigenous communities to protect indigenous ancestral cultures and rainforest territories. ⠀

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Did you know that there are more than 3,430 oil wells in the Ecuadorian Amazon, most of which are located in indigenous ancestral lands, profoundly impacting one of the richest rainforests on Earth?⠀

Visit our environmental impacts page to view statistics and learn about the impacts of oil, deforestation, oil palm, and other industries in the Amazon.⠀ ⠀

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At Amazon Frontlines, we believe that the realities of indigenous community life and the threats indigenous peoples face in the Amazon cannot be understood without living and sharing in their daily struggles. We are building a new model for solidarity through our partnership with the indigenous organization @AlianzaCeiboAmazonia as well as with more than 55 communities of the Kofán, Siona, Secoya and Waorani nations of the western Amazon. We live and work side-by-side with our partners on programs that respond to the communities’ needs and vision for their wellbeing and the survival of their forests. ⠀

Learn about our partners @AlianzaCeiboAmazonia and our partnership by visiting and by visiting their website: ⠀

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Our story began with a question: How can we best support the struggles of indigenous peoples in the Amazon rainforest? ⠀
We started by asking leaders and elders of the Kofán, Siona Secoya, and Waorani nations in the Ecuadorian Amazon that very question. Now, together, we are building the answer. ⠀

Hear about our story at⠀

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For the past few years, the international team of Amazon Frontlines has been living and working in the western Amazon, alongside our partners of the indigenous organization Alianza Ceibo. We have strived to cultivate deep relationships of trust, mutual respect and friendship with dozens of indigenous communities of the Siona, Secoya, Kofan and Waorani nationalities through hard work and a shared vision. Together we are building a model for partnership and a movement for indigenous cultural survival and rainforest protection in the Amazon. ⠀

Learn about Amazon Frontlines, our story, our partners, and our partnership by visiting: ⠀

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"Our stories have the power to keep our knowledge alive for future generations.” - Flor Tangoy, Siona Nation.

For hundreds of years, elders in indigenous communities have shared their stories, their memories and their histories with their children, grandchildren and neighbors. Without written languages, the Secoya, Waorani, Siona and Kofan cultures depended on stories and the generational bonds created through oral tradition.
As colonization, deforestation and acculturation creep deeper and deeper into the indigenous ways of life in the Amazon, that living memory is harder and harder to transfer from generation to generation.

Now more than ever, indigenous stories must be told, passed down to future generations and also shared with the outside world. We believe that indigenous communities must tell their own stories, so we are training indigenous youth to use film, photography and other storytelling techniques to transmit the knowledge and histories of their ancestors within their communities while creating films that allow those who live outside of the Amazon to understand their changing realities.

Learn more about the importance of indigenous storytelling and hear stories from the Amazon at:

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On #GivingTuesday support the movement for life and dignity in the face of rainforest destruction. ⠀

100% of your donation will help bring clean water and solar energy to indigenous families, defend indigenous territories, revive and protect ancestral cultures, empower indigenous women, and share indigenous voices and stories with the world.⠀


“Without our culture, our language, who will we become?” - Nemonte Nenquimo, Waorani leader⠀

In the short span of centuries – as a result of invasion, conquest and resource extraction – indigenous peoples of the Amazon have been struggling to protect their cultures from extinction. Thousands of years of cultural knowledge and ways of life that care for, sustain and defend one of our planet’s most complex, rich, mysterious and important ecosystems are on the verge of disappearing.⠀

Amazon Frontlines works with indigenous communities across the western Amazon, alongside our partner Ceibo Alliance, to support community-led initiatives to recover and protect traditional knowledge and empower the elders, women and mothers who pass this knowledge on to the younger generations. Learn about this beautiful program by visiting:


"What is life in a forest where the water has been poisoned?⠀⠀
For more than half-a-century the Kofan, Siona, Secoya and Waorani peoples of the Amazon have lived downriver from Ecuador’s largest oil fields, which have contaminated their rivers and creeks and gravely impacted their health, while enriching the oil industry and providing fuel for the automobiles of modern society. Today, oil companies continue to pollute rivers and streams while using the allure of access to electricity to convince remote indigenous communities to allow these companies deeper into their territories.⠀⠀
We believe that building indigenous-led solutions to these threats is fundamental to ensuring the autonomy and empowerment of the oldest guardians of the Amazon rainforest. Learn more about our solutions-driven projects at:



How can people raised in the cities of western civilization best support the struggles of the Amazon’s indigenous peoples?

At Amazon Frontlines, we strive to answer this question. We believe that you can’t properly support people you don’t understand. This is why we live and work in the western Amazon alongside our indigenous partners who are struggling to defend their lands, livelihoods and OUR planet’s climate from the reckless global demand for their natural resources. And we want to share our experiences with the world.

Visit our blog, Amazon Chronicles, for an inside look at the stories, discoveries, reflections, missteps and breakthroughs from the frontlines of our planet’s greatest tropical rainforest.


The jaguar is one of the most powerful animals in the rainforest; an animal of deep spiritual importance to indigenous peoples. Traditionally, healers aspired to attain the strength, power, and sensory abilities of the jaguar through intense training, trances, and ingesting medicinal plants. Jaguars were almost hunted to extinction in the Western Amazon, but have made an amazing comeback in more remote, protected indigenous territories.

Amazon Frontlines is working to protect the most biodiverse place on Earth. We are excited to share one of many wildlife videos we’ve captured using camera traps in the indigenous territories where we work. Check out this video of an elusive jaguar and follow the link to learn more about the movement to defend one of Earth’s last wild places. #jaguar #amazonrainforest #wildlifephotography #indigenous


"We never poisoned our fishing holes or clear-cut our forest homelands. Why would we? We fish in our rivers and live in our homes." Emergildo Criollo, Cofan indigenous elder

In these times of climate chaos, where our Earth's tropical forests are our last line of defense against an increasingly unlivable planet, we believe that listening to and supporting frontline indigenous peoples is the best way to protect our world’s last standing wild forests. Amazon Frontlines works with indigenous peoples in the western Amazon, battling the threats of oil, logging and mining by building a movement for clean water, solar energy, rainforest protection and cultural survival. After several years of deep work in the western Amazon we are ready and excited to share our work with the world:

photo: Waorani hunter. Mitch Anderson, 2017.