• In the remote jungles of Paraguay,
    lies an ancient mystery...
  • 5,000 year old Rock Art
  • Join us as we set out to EXPLORE
  • EXPERIENCE
  • PRESERVE

The Project:

A half-hour documentary about ancient rock art in Paraguay and the rich culture of its guardians, the Pai Tavytera indians. Our goal is to create an informative, entertaining, and compelling film that will explore the culture of a people and examine the potential threats facing this rock art.


Our Mission

Telling an untold story that has been muted for millennia, the story of the rock art of the Amambay hills. We hope to spread the story beyond academic circles to a larger audience, and to help preserve the rock art. Give the Pai Tavytera indians a voice to tell us about their traditions, the struggle they currently face, and their hope for the future. Sadly, their story has often been overlooked. Making it possible for people all over the world to virtually explore these sites through 360-degree panoramas, photos, videos, and sounds.
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Project Supporters

Dr. Jean Clottes

Internationally Renowned Expert on Prehistoric Art
"The stories as fully as valuable as the art itself it is for two main reasons. First, they give life and meaning to the art. Second, they are short-lived while the art may last for hundreds or even thousands of years. Recovering them whenever possible is therefore an extremely valuable endeavor."

Dr. George Nash

Leading rock-art specialist, Bristol University
"The rock art of  Paraguay is unique revealing an ancient and vibrant society steeped in ritual and religion. The plight of this potentially important resource and its guardians is currently at the mercy of short-term gain. The destruction of cultural heritage and the alienation of an indigenous population; it has to stop – NOW."

Carmelo Rodriguez

National Director of National Parks
"There are a lot of rock art that we are not able to find anymore because they have been stolen from these sites. This is irreversible damage not only to the Paraguayan heritage, but World Heritage, because this type of rock art is only found here, and nowhere else in the world."


Expedition Granted – Ita Letra: The Written Stone of South America.

  National Geographic is having a contest to give out a grant for future explorers to bring a new age of exploration. I believe Expedition granted will be a great opportunity to keep exploring the rock art of South America, and documenting the oral storytelling of the natives, so
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GaleanoSuarez-Shamanof the Panambi'y

We are Pai Tavytera indians, and we approve this message!

Hey! We just arrived back from a very productive trip in Paraguay, and now we have begun reviewing the footage, and I am happy to announce we have what is needed to finish our documentary!! It has been a long and arduous road to get where we are. We are now in the final stretches of t
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Leonido Arce Pai Tavytera Artist Paraguay Guarani Native

  Leonido Arce, Woodcarver from the Ita Guazu community of the Pai Tavytera indians of  Amambay.   Leonido has both the role of creator of Pai Tavyetera art crafts and the role of spiritual leader that he shares with his wife Na Silvia.  Leonido’s art is inspired by wild an
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Map statistics of deforestation Paraguay rain forest

The world is changing rapidly, and finally we have the technology to track it. Paraguay is experiencing rapid deforestation in the development of cattle ranches and soybean farms. The result is the highest rate of deforestation in the world. What does it mean to the rock art of Paragu
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Altamira Cave- It was one of those world changing discoveries.

    “Papa! Look up, oxen!…” Exploring an opening in a hill made by aftershocks from mining in the region, Spanish archaeologist Marcelino Sanz de Sautuloa and his young daughter Maria cautiously entered a cave and started digging hoping to discover prehisto
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STALKED BY A JAGUAR ON FORTRESS HILL

This time we would reach fortress hill. A high point in the area, where we could explore the surrounding hills, capture timelapses, and shots of the sacred hills of the Pai Tavytera indians. The topography had changed since our last visit. The old road had washed away, as well as the
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Rock art of Amambay Petroglyphs and Arte Rupestre del Paraguay, South America

              Unique Designs:                 Motifs:
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When our house burned, it was like we lost our grandparents. Paraguay Indian tribe protest stolen funds under freezing temperatures.

  We headed out to the Governor’s office, where the protest was happening. It’s already been 15 days since it began, about 250 Pai Tavytera Indians camping in front of Governor’s office to protest the 15 million de Guaranies (About $4,000 USD)  that was embezzled by t
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Great Rock art of South America: Ita Letra, Villarrica, Paraguay

 On the road to Ita Letra, in the Ybyturuzu hills,  state of Guairá, Paraguay. About 4 hours ride from Paraguay’s Capital Asuncion, on an all terrain vehicle, crossing bridges, mud roads, and a stunning scenery we get to “Ita Letra”. This natural rock shelter is home
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