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Food Campaign Paused

Food Campaign Paused

The screening of Aluna at the Medicine Festival and the zoom session which followed with Alan Ereira and Mama Senchina boosted our Food appeal so successfully it enabled us to give very generously to the Kogi trapped in their mountain retreat.  It has now also been confirmed that the Colombian government has stepped in to provide support to its indigenous communities so we are pausing our appeal for the time being until we know whether further help is required so a very big thank you to all of you who donated so generously. 

  

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June 2020 Newsletter

June 2020 Newsletter

Thank you so much to all of you who have been donating generously to the Trust over the last few weeks. We hope you are all well and gradually emerging after lockdown into what they are now calling the ‘ new normal’ which seems to mean a gradual resumption of a limited range of activities at whatever recommended distance your country advises.  It has been a terrible period in world history but let's hope countries can continue to slowly open up again with a better understanding of how precious our natural resources are.

 

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Help for the Kogi during Covid-19

Help for the Kogi during Covid-19

The Kogi need your help.

To protect themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire Kogi People have isolated themselves in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta for three months initially, and closed it off to outsiders. They do not descend, and even travel between Kogi villages has been restricted by their authorities to prevent any contagion. As a result, the variety and amount of foods that they can grow and acquire has been drastically reduced, a situation exacerbated by raging wildfires in March that affected many parts of the Sierra, and because govermental assistance has been limited.

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Illegal Construction Work

Illegal Construction Work

Update on the Construction work on the Black line.

 

We are pleased to report that since drawing this violation of indigenous rights to the attention of the authorities, action has now been taken to suspend the construction work taking place as the builder was found not to have an appropriate licence. So this is great news and means that government protection for the Kogis ancestral lands is actually working!  Thanks is due to support from the German Ambassador in Colombia, half a million protests on social media and pressure from various prominent journalists and organisations like our own working together to support the OGT. So well done everyone - we must keep upor the good work!

For further information you can read the full update below.

 

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Alliance Meeting in the Sierra

Alliance Meeting in the Sierra

Thanks to everyone who helped us fund a vital meeting in the Sierra with the Kogi.  This was called to agree an alliance to help ensure the defence and protection of the Kogi in the Sierra.  Representatives of many of the organisations supporting the Kogi attended. 

Alan has written a full report of the meeting.

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Bridges Workshop with UNESCO

Bridges Workshop with UNESCO

Alan Ereira was invited to attend a conference with UNESCO  which was designed to create a sustainable framework that would shape global policy making and education.  the conference ended with agreement to build a consortium to create a programme of learning that would integrate views on sustainability from unusual partners. With  a working group created to look at sample sites.  This was something which Alan took to discuss with the Kogi when Trustees met with them in the Sierra. 

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Trust is to magnify the Kogis’ voice, to help them defend their culture and its territorial integrity and to learn from them how to better protect the planet which we all share.

The Kogi are descendants of the Tairona and are the last surviving civilization from the world of the Inca and Aztec.

They are an indigenous people who consider themselves to be the guardians of the earth and are worried by our attempts to destroy it.

The mountain - in Colombia - is their home, it is quite literally a microcosmos, a mirror of the planet on which every ecological zone is represented. The impact of the modern world is affecting their environment and from their vantage point on the mountain they can see how this is damaging the rest of the planet.

The Trust needs your help to support this mission.


The Films

From The Heart of the World: The Elder Brother's Warning

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Watch the first film made by Alan Ereira and the BBC in 1990 about the ancient Kogi civilisation from the Sierra Nevada De Santa Marta, Colombia.

Aluna:
The Movie

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The follow up film was made 25 years later at the request of the Kogi Mamas because they said we had not heard them the first time.

In their own words

In the beginning there were no animals, no plants.  Only the Sea.  The sea was the Mother. The Mother was not the people, she was not anything at all.  She was when she was, spirit.  She was memory and possibly, she was aluna. 

Joe Bloggs

Our Objectives

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We will offer the Kogi a voice

We will offer the Kogi a way to communicate directly with the wider world.

Our Objectives

2

We will protect the environment of the Kogi

We will respond to, and publicise, requests by the Kogi for help in protecting their territory and culture.

Our Objectives

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We will learn from the Kogi

We will learn from the Kogi about their understanding of environmental management and publicise that knowledge through all media.

Our Objectives

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To educate the next generation

We will implement initiatives to educate young people about the principles and way of life of the Kogi in order to protect the planet for future generations.

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The Kogi message is important for us all.   They consider themselves to be the guardians of the earth and are worried by our attempts to destroy it.  They want their voice and knowledge to be heard around the world and for us to take action to protect the planet that we all share.  The Kogi need your help to do this.   

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