Video: An introduction to the Shipibo of Peru
Especially, if your ancestry is Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Miccosukee or Southern Shawnee, you should watch this brief video. These people are some of your relatives. The original name of the Holston River in Tennessee was the Shipi-sippi . . . Shipibo River. That was its name in 1701. Along it were towns with Panoan names such as Chiska and Chalaka. In 1717, the next round of maps labeled the Holston River, “Charaquis. ” Chiska evidently became the Cherokee Chisqua (Bird) Clan. Chalaka moved south to Talledega, Alabama and became a member of the Creek Confederacy.
However, the Panoan roots began much earlier. The first cousins of the Shipibo, the Conibo, live in the Andean Foothills. Their stamped pottery, 1800 years ago, was identical to Swift Creek pottery. The stamped pottery of the Shipibo at that time was identical to Napier pottery, which followed the Swift Creek culture in the Southeast. Both cultures were directly ancestral to the Apalache Creeks . . . later known as the Koweta. Thereafter, most decorated proto-Creek pottery was similar to either Conibo or Shipibo pottery.
Both the capital of the Conibo in eastern Peru and their capital in the Southern Piedmont of the USA was named Konas (Conos in Juan Perdo’s journal.) From that word we get the modern place names of Kanahiti, Connestee, Conasauga, Kennesaw, Conasee. Quanasee, etc. Kanahiti was also a Southern Shawnee band.
Until the mid-20th century the lifestyles of the Shipibo and the Southern Florida Seminole were almost identical. There was little difference in their clothing. The Creek and Seminole “long shirt” is still the standard formal attire for Conibo, Shipibo and Kashibo men.
Still today, Conibo, Shipibo and Seminole mikkos and holy men wear the same hat. Haven’t you ever wondered where that hat came from?
Hope you enjoy the film! It is in English or has English subtitles
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