Cultural Mapping

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), Kate Huffman (UD Student), Wesley Lickus, (Dickinson Student) Lindsay Yeager (UD Student)


Community Planning

Researchers are working with the Ese’Eja to develop a strategic community plan (Plan de Vida).  This plan will serve as a snapshot of current land use practices, as well as an inventory of the rich natural resource diversity of the Ese’Eja Ancestral lands.  But more importantly, it is a vehicle through which the Ese’Eja people will express their vision for their future and commit to the sustainable use of their forest. 


Educational Programing

Educational materials and experiences will be developed through ACEER’s award winning ¡Amigos! Program, and offered to the Ese’Eja and neighboring community schools. As recipient of Peru’s 2013 National Award for Environmental Citizenship, and with an extensive outreach network honed over 21 years, the ACEER is uniquely positioned to share knowledge about the Ese’Eja. Beneficiaries of the project will extend beyond the Ese’Eja into other indigenous communities in the Madre de Dios region and abroad via online channels and book distribution.