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special (first of its kind) inter-agency Colombian government
In northeastern Colombia there is a mountain system, completely independent from the Andean Mountains called the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Drained by more than 30 river basins, the massif of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta rises abruptly from Caribbean sea to summit ice at 18,947 feet (5,775 meters) – the highest coastal mountain formation on the planet. As an island unto itself, this mountain system and its surroundings encompass a stunning diversity of ecosystems.
There are mangrove swamps, tropical rain forests and open woodlands, dry scrublands and deserts – and soaring above all in the clouds and blowing rain, the alpine tundra and snowy peaks.
By itself the Sierra Nevada is a ecological
treasure but what makes this 8,000-square-mile area so unique is that it is
the homeland of the Kogi, Arhuaco, and Wiwa Indians. Descendants of an
ancient South American civilization called the Tayrona and numbering perhaps
45,000 today, the Kogi, Arhuaco, and Wiwa peoples are separated by language,
but share a common way of life and the same fundamental religious
convictions emphasizing peace and harmony, respect for nature and personal
meditation. They believe every element of nature is imbued with spiritual
significance, so that
Until recently these Indians have shunned or severely limited their interactions with the modern world. However, with the growing threats to their homeland and culture by farmers, loggers, drug cartels, and various armed guerrilla groups, they have begun to work with the Colombian government to exercise their Indigenous rights enumerated in Colombia's constitution and formally take back the Sierra Nevada Mountains as a protected Indian reserve.
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