We offer graduate level intensive language courses in Amazonian Kichwa, Wao Tedero, and Achuar. These courses are funded by FLAS Fellowships (Foreign Language and Area Studies) from the US Department of Education. Each summer 12-15 graduate FLAS Fellows attend the Field School. More that 200 Fellows from more than 40 universities have attended to date. More than just language however, we seek to give our graduate students the linguistic and cultural skills they need to do cutting edge research with indigenous communities. This includes logistical support for graduate thesis research, mentoring, networking, assistance in obtaining funding and jobs is their fields. Sitting around the fire with each other, faculty, and indigenous colleagues they develop enduring friendships. These relationships allow them to serve as living bridges between the academic and indigenous worlds over a lifetime. Many alumni become influencers who not only carry out collaborative projects in the Amazon but also help others to see the critical importance of Amazonian culture and to invest in it accordingly.