The Carijona groups of Puerto Nare and El Diamante meet to exchange experiences and to formulate an agreement for the strengthening of their culture

The Carijona groups of Puerto Nare and El Diamante meet to exchange experiences and to formulate an agreement for the strengthening of their culture

Colombia - 01 November, 2022

More than a century ago, and thanks to interethnic conflicts, a group of Carijona migrated to the high Caquetá area. In that new territory, they learned the language and culture of the Koreguaje people and today they are settled in El Diamante, a resguardos in the municipality of Solano.

With the support of CNT and Tropenbos Colombia, El Diamante has taken steps towards the recognition and formal management of their territory. This means that both groups now complement each other: The Carijona from the Guaviare still lack of land management achievements but are keepers of the language and culture while the Carijona in the high Caquetá area have advanced in territory governance.

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Through the project Manekone Karijona esemarï tae- Vamos por fortalecimiento Carijona, the Carijona in Solano had the possibility to visit the ones in Puerto Nare and participated in the Dabucurí celebration (a dance for the exchange of traditional songs and food). They also received pedagogical materials and publications to help in the recovery of their own traditional knowledge.

During the meeting that took place between October 3 and 6 in Tropenbos Colombia’s headquarters in Bogotá, the representatives of both groups began a cooperation agreement to prepare the Land Management Plan of Puerto Nare, to improve the pedagogical materials to teach the language, to make a program of cultural exchanges, and to educate young people in traditional medicine. This last aspect is one of the greatest cultural strengths of both Carijona and Koreguaje.

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