from the Heart of the World ...
They have survived to this day, keeping their traditions and relying upon, and looking after, the mountain environment. They believe it is their duty to look after the mountain which they call 'The Heart of the World'. They call themselves the Elder Brother and refer to the new- comers as the Younger Brother, who they believe is destroying the balance of the world. In 1990 the Kogi decided they must speak out to the rest of the world. They had survived by keeping themselves isolated but they decided that it was time to send a message to the Younger Brother. They could see that something was wrong with their mountain, with the heart of the world. The snows had stopped falling and the rivers were not so full. If their mountain was ill then the whole world was in trouble. The Mamas sent one of the Kogi who spoke Spanish to contact a British film maker who was in Colombia at that time - They asked the BBC to make a film to tell the Younger Brother about their concern.
It was called 'The Elder Brother's Warning 'or' The Message from the Heart of the World'. Alan Ereira, the producer, has also written a book about the Kogi called 'The Heart of the World'. It was this film and book which were the inspiration for this work in this pack.
Since the film was
brought out many
changes have taken place. The film had a major impact on
the Colombian Government and also on the grave robbers.
The grave robbers felt that they should stop because they
felt bad about disturbing their ancestors. There are now
two Kogi members of parliament. The Tairona Heritage
Trust was set up to support the Kogi and to buy back some
of the original Kogi lands to give them a passage to the
'Younger Brother was permitted in other places, other countries. There was a dividing line, the sea. 'He said, 'Younger Brother that side, Elder Brother this side. You cannot cross it.' Because this Colombia was the heart of the world, of the whole universe. 'But Younger Brother came from another country and immediately saw gold and immediately began to rob. There were golden images, golden oracles. The Mama prophesied with golden bowls, he had a golden tuma, he had everything and
Younger Brother took it all to another country.
Mama grows sad, he feels weak.
'We tell you, We the people of this place, Kogi, Asario, Arhuaco: that is a violation.
'So the Mamas say, 'PleaseBBC no one else should come here, no more ransacking because the earth wants to collapse, the earth grows weak, we must protect it, we must respect it, because he does not respect the earth, because he does not respect it.'
'Younger Brother thinks, 'Yes! Here I am! I know much about the universe!'
knowing is leaming to destroy the world, to destroy
everything, all humanity.