The first inhabitants of the area found several sloth swimming on the banks of the river and christened the area and river “Indillama”, meaning ‘sloth’ in Kichwa.
In 1972, the families of Tapuy, Grefa, and Licuy native of the Talag parish in the city of Tena, Napo province, came to the Indillama area in search of better opportunities for their families. They met with the Coquinches and Chimbos families that were native of the area and through several meetings they create an alliance that would later formed the community it is today.
One of the first goals of the alliance was to create a school in the Indillama sector so that the children of the community would have access to education. The directors Otorrino Coquinche, Bartolo Tapuy, Domingo Tapuy, Luis Andy, Manuel Tapuy, and Juan Tapuy, made the journey to the city of Tena to process the formation of the school with the provincial Directorate of Hispanic Education. They also asked for help from Mr. Humberto Aguila, then president of the Union of Natives of the Ecuadorian Amazon (UNAE), an indigenous federation formed of 120 communities of Lower Napo region. Once the UNAE to help with the creation and formalization of the school. Once the Simón Bolívar school was established, Ricardo Tapuy became the first teacher.
At this time, the territory was vacant and had no claim to it, so the inhabitants of this area held the first meeting in which the creation of a new commune is approved. Recognition and affiliation was requested to the UNAE in the San José community of El Coca, and was approved by president Oscar Machoa. Later the documents were filed with the Ecuadorian Institute of Agrarian Reform and Colonization (IERAC). In 1994 the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAGAP) of Ecuador granted the legal status of the Indillama Community as an ancestral nonprofit community.
The community is led by an annually elected board of leaders who work for the well-being and common development of the community in areas of health, education, productivity, and tourism.
Today, the Río Indillama Community is made up of 45 families and 250 inhabitants. About 75% of the people have a secondary level education with a mix of shaman and catholic beliefs. The main source of income or livelihood is agriculture. We grow cash crops such as corn, cassava, plantains, and cocoa. Used for our daily consumption, are products such as avocados, oranges, limes, chontaduro (peach-palm), guavas, lemons, sugarcane, rice, peanuts, beans, palm hearts, Chinese potatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, arazá, borojó, caimitos, mountain grapes, cocona, papaya, pineapple, and coconut among others. Agricultural activities are carried out in a familiar way and not on a large scale. Some surplus may be sold locally at the Pompeii Saturday market.
As a community we are interested in working together to develop a sustainable and profitable tourism initiative: Sacha Runa.