| The Machiguenga tend to be
more reserved with outsiders, yet very relaxed and
playful with those they know and trust.
Ismael, Machiguenga "brother" of Glenn Shepard, laughing at the anthropologist's unending questions.
Machiguenga tend to avoid conflict whenever possible,
often "turning the other cheek" time and time
again, only to eventually reach a point of sudden and
drastic action .
The Machiguenga wear hand woven, hand-spun cotton tunics called "cushmas", probably a form of dress borrowed through contact with the Inca Empire before the arrival of the Spanish.
Mariano, a great Machiguenga storyteller and former shaman of Manu, wearing a cotton tunic decorated with geometric designs taught to him by the spirit of the sacred ayahuasca plant. After more than ten years of ongoing research and friendship, Mariano adopted anthropologist Glenn Shepard as his "son" according to Machiguenga tradition.
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