About the Project

This multidisciplinary project centers on the Ese’Eja Nation, an indigenous hunting, gathering and fishing people located in the Amazonian region of Peru. The objectives include documenting the Ese’Eja lifestyle, creating a community plan, and programming education for Ese’Eja schools, surrounding communities, and internationally through the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research. This project is the recipient of a National Geographic, Genographic Legacy Fund Grant.   


Cultural Mapping Team

Project Managers 

Rocío Martínez (Rainforest Expeditions, Peru), Jon Cox (UD Assistant Professor)

Ese’Eja Representatives 

Carlos Dejaviso Poje (President of the board of the Ese’Eja Nation in Peru) 
Victor Pesha (Ese’Eja Elder)

Anthropology Team 

Dr. Carla Guerrón Montero (UD Associate Professor), Chelsea Rozanski (UD Student) 

Education Team

Dr. Rosalie Rolón Dow (UD Associate Professor), Morgan Lehr (UD Student)

Ethnobotany Team

Katherine Koumoutseas (Consultant), Brian Griffiths (UD Student)

Photo/Video Team

Jon Cox (UD Assistant Professor), Andrew Bale (Dickinson College Full Time Lecturer Professor), Steven Zeigler (UD Alumnus, Apple Genius), Lindsay Yeager (UD Student)