From Amazonas jungle to Sápmi again

Pressmeddelande   •   Jun 15, 2011 14:28 CEST

From Amazonas jungle to Sápmi again

Urbi Jungle Svonni


The trip he made became much longer than he expected. As a young man who grew up in the neighborhood of snowy Giron / Kiruna, north of Tornio lake, he knew that soon he might want to look around the world. It all started with Canada, followed by Greenland and South America. Rainforests in Peru were to become his home for many years. There he found what he had long sought.

Not far from the city of Iquitos, a big city in the middle of the Amazon, he found the teachers he had long sought. They were called "Curandero", healers or herbalists. They came from two of the hundreds of indigenous groups living in the jungle, Witoto and Jaua indians. From them, he learnt to live and survive in the jungle, using plants and herbs to cure various diseases and ailments. Although Urbi, or Jungle, (the name he was given in Peru) remained there for five years, he still has much to learn. Today he has enough knowledge about jungle medicine and how to use it to help others, so that he can call himself a “Curandero”.

- To live a healthy way of living, says Urbi, you have to eat healthily and eat natural food. And in the jungle the forests and waters provide almost all animals with good food. However, in the case of plants, it is legitimate to differentiate between the beneficial and the toxic. Outside the cities this tradition is strong today. In the cities, however, people seem to do everything possible to copy the American fast food culture.


- Here in Sápmi says Urbi, nearly all knowledge of traditional healing and natural medicines has disappeared. The Sami are thus entirely in the hands of modern medicine, with its way of curing and the use of medicines produced in chemical processes. During his youth Urbi focused on traditional knowledge among his people, the Sami. To his disappointment he found that most of this had disappeared or was about to do so. And the tacit knowledge that still remained was something that would remain silent. It was this that made Urbi leave Sápmi and travel the world to look for other indigenous people that he could learn from.

To be invited to the Indigenous Terra Madre conference in Jokkmokk, the brightest time of the year, made him both surprised and happy. Slow Food movement's philosophy is in line with his. Urbi says they have found a way of life that suits him, a way in respect of nature and in harmony with all the spirits and forces that create nature. Urbis had dedicated his life to learning about and practicing the traditional knowledge of rainforest people.

It is this knowledge and his experience of living in the Amazon as Urbi will share with the participants of the Terra Madre confenece in Jokkmokk.
Indigenous Terra Madre (indigenous mother earth) Conference of the World's Indigenous People begin Friday, June 19, including Formal opening in the bright light of the midnight sun. On Saturday Urbi make his presentation at the seminar on traditional knowledge and food production where modern and traditional business models will be discussed with participants from all over the world.

ITM conference in Jokkmokk, Sápmi June 17 to 19. During the conference Jokkmokk food and craft market  is arranged nearby the conference area. There will be around the clock activities in the small community in the north. It is the Slow Food Sápmi that arranges this huge conference. Read more on: / indigenous or