The Tairona
Heritage Trust

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Newsletter September 2019

Newsletter September 2019

 The visit to the Sierra coincided with a follow up meeting arising from the Cross diagnosis in Drôme, southern France last September in which the Trust collaborated with the French NGO Tchendukua. One of the science delegates Patrick Degeorges has been involved with UNESCO and a working party was set up with the aim of establishing a cross-disciplinary coalition (called BRIDGES: Building Resilience in Defense of Global Environments and Societies) to launch projects connecting academic and non-academic authorities that can develop more effective global strategies to combat climate change.

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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


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.

The Movie


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


We will offer the Kogi a voice

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

Our Objectives


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


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


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.


Support Us

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.