Shuar Health and Life History Project
field site

The Field Site

Our work in Ecuador is focused on understanding how economic development and cultural changes in the region influence Shuar life history patterns and health. Traditionally forager-horticulturalists, Shuar now experience a wide range of market integration across their territory. These varying economic and social conditions within one population allow us to examine a variety of factors that affect Shuar health and physiology.

Shuar traditionally lived in scattered households across the Paute and Upano River Valley between the eastern Andean foothills and the Cutucu range. As trade was established with non-Shuar (Colonos) in the 1890s, Shuar expanded eastward. They now live on both sides of the Cutucu and throughout the Upano River Valley.