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Alan's Cross Diagnosis Diary From The Kogi's Visit to France

Alan's Cross Diagnosis Diary From The Kogi's Visit to France

by Alan Ereira

Alan kept a diary during the cross diagnosis event where the Kogi Mamas visited France to engage in discussions with Western academics. Find out what happened.

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Bridges Workshop with UNESCO

Bridges Workshop with UNESCO

10 July 2019

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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Alliance Meeting in the Sierra

Alliance Meeting in the Sierra

11 July 2019

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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Illegal Construction Work

Illegal Construction Work

3 June 2020

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 up the good work!

For further information you can read the full update below.

 

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Help for the Kogi during Covid-19

Help for the Kogi during Covid-19

11 June 2020

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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Food Campaign Paused

Food Campaign Paused

6 July 2020

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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Obituary José de los Santos Sauna Limaco

Obituary José de los Santos Sauna Limaco

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of José de los Santos Sauna Limaco, fourth Cabildo of the Organización Gondawindúa Tayrona, which acts for indigenous rights in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and represents Kogi interests in particular before the Colombian state.

Santos Sauna contracted COVID 19 in August and died within a few days of being admitted to hospital in Santa Marta on 6th August 2020. He was only 44. Following detailed consultation with his wife, extended family and officials at the highest level of administration in Magdalena, transport was granted for the protected body to be flown back to the Sierra so that the Kogi can observe traditional funeral rites in the place of his birth. 

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Memories of Christmas in the Sierra

Memories of Christmas in the Sierra

28 December 2020

In December, 1989, I was working with the Kogi on the film which became “From the Heart of the World: The Elder Brothers’ Warning”.  It was one of those years when my Jewish lunar calendar and their solar calendar coincided.  The solstice, the shortest night of the year, fell as always on December 21st, and the next night happened to be the first night of Hanukkah.  So as the sun set after the shortest night, I lit the first of my ritual candles. 


  

 

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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. 

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