The Matsigenka in the Peruvian Amazon are one of the few communities of people around the world living within the boundary of a national park. For millennia, the jungle has supported indigenous communities subsisting solely off the land, unaware of the encroaching modern world. It reached them in 1973, when Manu National Park was created. Since then, the Matsigenka and seven other indigenous communities have been in a state of flux and uncertainty. Though the park offers necessary protections, its regulations and restrictions have impeded the Matsigenka’s ability to grow while preserving their cultural identity.
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