Getting into the jungle takes several days; understanding the rhythm of life of the indigenous communities that live there requires much more.
In early 2022 I had the opportunity to photograph, film and share knowledge with two nonprofit Organizations that design and implement environmental and social projects to protect and preserve the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and its surroundings: Jaguar Siembra and ProSierra. Both projects work to regenerate deforested areas through agroforestry and ancestral methods.
During the months that I spent with them, I had the opportunity to contemplate how life is being woven by the skillful hands of indigenous women who, in each backpack and in each seam, express their sadness, joy, hope and frustration. The path not only took me to the Arhuacos, Koguis, Wiwas, and Kankuamos, but also to the Afro communities. I met the women who represent in María la Baja, Bolívar, the bullerengue – a music and dance from the Caribbean coast of Colombia, performed by the descendants of the slaves who inhabited that region.
Listening to their stories and photographing their faces reminded me of the importance of the struggle of those who continue to protect their lands, their homes and their communities. In the face of the armed conflict in Colombia, it is important to remember the value of this complex and diverse territory. We must not forget to explore and discover our cultural wealth. It is important to recognize to protect.
For our future leaders, for our ancestors. Let us remember to amplify their voices, wherever they are. [Official Website]