The Tairona
Heritage Trust

Latest Updates

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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Newsletter April 2019

Newsletter April 2019


Alan Ereira 13 April 2019

This morning the Chairman of the Tairona Heritage Trust, Jean-Paul Mertinez, the Kogi-speaking anthropologist Falk Parra-Witte and I met for a long breakfast in London with the Cabildo of the Organisación Gonawindua Tayrona, José Santos Sauna.

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Newsletter March 2019

Newsletter March 2019

Dear Friends,

We’ve been so busy since you last heard from us and have so much to share with you.  So thank you for staying with us. 

The Trust has participated in several international dialogues with the Kogi Mamas to share knowledge and information in an attempt to better understand how we can learn from their indigenous perspectives and to offer them support for new Kogi related projects or respond to their requests. We have outlined an overview of these different activities below:




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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

The Great Mother taught and taught.  The Great Mother is what we needed to live and her teaching has not been forgotten right up to this day.  We all still live by it. 

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.