People from the heart of the Earth (Video)

 The first indigenous sacred site set aside under a new category of protected area in Colombia has been established in the northeastern part of the South American country. The development is significant because it could spur other indigenous sacred sites in Colombia to be granted protected status.

At a ceremony on May 5, lands constituting the ceremonial site of Jaba Tañiwashkaka in the department of La Guajira were formally transferred to the Kogi tribe. Jaba Tañiwashkaka is used by Kogi mamos, or spiritual authorities, to make ceremonial offerings according to traditional calendars. The handover was conducted in a traditional ceremony attending by Kogi mamos and community members, government officials, and backers of the project.

The transfer came after the Colombian Ministry of Culture, the Amazon Conservation Team, and the Kogis themselves put together 1.87 billion Colombian pesos ($1.19 million) to acquire four properties covering 155 hectares (380 acres). The concern was the sacred site would be otherwise flattened for industrial or commercial development.

The Kogi are an indigenous group of about 20,000 people that inhabits the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia. They are known for their traditional practices, including their strong spiritual belief and habit of dressing in all-white clothes.(Source)

Liliana Madrigal, co-founder of ACT, shared: “A purchase of 383 acres of coastal land considered sacred by the Kogi indigenous people was made possible through a partnership between ACT, the Colombian Ministry of Culture, and the Gonawindúa Tayrona indigenous association of the Kogi. Such investment is a first for the Colombian government, which also established a new Colombian category of protected area for the land, a site of ‘national and cultural interest.’ On May 5, various government ministers, local leaders and around 50 Kogi spiritual leaders gathered for the official transfer of land to the Kogi, who now will work to incorporate it to their indigenous reserve. This accomplishment is highly significant not only for the Kogi, but for all indigenous groups seeking greater public awareness of the crucial importance of sacred lands to the perpetuation of their culture.”(Source)

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Responses to "Indigenous sacred sites now qualify as protected areas in Colombia"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Feliz con esta decision de nuestro gobierno y la entidades que contribuyeron para que se hiciera realidad!

  2. Anonymous says:

    .. Wonderful ..

  3. Anonymous says:

    It makes my heart glad that in this day that this is still possible and happening... an affirmation of the magic of the Kogi and their sacred connection to the Earth and all elements of life... Blessed be!

  4. Anonymous says:

    It's beautiful that they are able to keep tbeir culture alive. But, it is horrible that they had to acquire these properties.

  5. Anonymous says:

    La manera mas segura de enfrentar el futuro, es volviendo la mirada, con respeto, al pasado...

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