benki-piyakoBenki Piyãko was born on February 24th, 1974, near the Amoníaco River near the Peruvian border.

At the age of two, Benki was left under the care of his grandfather, who gave him the name Wenki (Warrior of Life) and trained by a local shaman. Since the age of twelve, he has been fighting for his community’s rights.

Benki is a trained forestry technician responsible for public relations in his community. From 2005 to 2007, he was the environmental secretary in Acre. From July of 2007, he has managed the Yorenka Atame (Forest Knowledge) center in the city of Marechal Thaumaturgo. He currently coordinates efforts with non-indigenous youth in Marechal Thaumaturgo and the Jovens Guerreiros Guardiões da Floresta project (Young Guardians of the Forest)

Benki Piyãko is the head of the indigenous community in Arce. He is committed to the preservation of local villages and he fights against criminal exploitation in forested areas. He contributes the community’s technical knowledge to the greater discourse around environmental protection.

He is also the agroforestry president and the vice president of the Asháninka organization, which is responsible for managing local natural resources.