Colombia: Young, indigenous people fight to preserve their culture

Wearing hats and bright blue capes, members of the Misak community in the Colombian province of Cauca are easily recognizable — even from a distance.

Like in many Latin American regions, indigenous people in Cauca, near the city of Silvia, face constant pressure on their culture.

Two decades ago the Asociación Jardin Bótanico las Delicias was formed in the Guambia settlement in Cauca and today they are working together to stand up for the preservation of both their culture and territory. The organisation's activities include regular meetings for young and old villagers around a campfire and staging theatrical productions. Together they perform ancient rituals and cultivate their traditional circular flower beds. A variety of plants used for health purposes are grown in the community garden.

The village also maintains a 70-hectare piece of rainforest with the aim of educating younger generations about the rainforest forest.

A film by Katja Döhne





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