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Kankuamo Community

Kankuamo Community

The Kankuamo people lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia in the villages of Atánquez, Guatapurí, Chemesquemena, Los Haticos, La Minha and Río Seco in the department of Cesar. Their settlement limits the reservations of the Kogui, Wiwa, and Arhuaco tribes. The Kankuamo people are estimated at around 15,000 individuals, and speak Sánha, a dialect of the Chibcha family.

The Kankuamo people are characterized for their different way of dressing from the other peoples of the Sierra Nevada; the women wear two overlapping cloths and the men wear short trousers. The Mamos, which are highly trained spiritual leaders, acknowledge themselves as the mindful custodians of Mother Earth. They are the “Elder Brothers” of humanity.

To this day they have protected their cultural and spiritual heritage for thousands of years. They are the last survivors of an ancient civilization called the Tairona, from which the Inca and Aztec originated.

The Arhuaca, Kogi, and Wiwa peoples do not wish any visitors; their society has only been able to preserve its cultural and spiritual unity by withdrawal and isolation.

The women of this community are the weavers of our fique mochila bags collection. More to come... 

Source: Internet archives, interviews, and Wikipedia. 

Image: Shutterstock

 

 



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