An indigenous ceremony for the spirits of wwater and the guardians of seeds. By Gaia Amazonas

Colombia Yaigoje Apaporis

The forests, rivers and staggering biodiveristy of the Yaigojé Apaporis are sacred to the many indigenous groups who live there. Now a national park, it is managed by these communities and their invaluable knowledge

A sacred site deep in the Colombian Amazon

Since 2008, Rainforest Concern has worked in partnership with Gaia Amazonas to obtain legal recognition of ancestral indigenous land.

A hotspot for both biological and cultural diversity, the Yaigojé Apaporis remains a pristine wilderness. It is located deep in the Colombian Amazon close to the Brazilian border and is now the third largest national park in Colombia at around 1.1 million hectares. It was created at the request of indigenous communities who were being threatened by multinational mining companies.

After persistent mining threats to their land, the National Park was created in order to further protect not only the Yaigoje Apaporis forests but also the natural resources in the sub-soil. The park is now managed by the indigenous communities who use their vast knowledge to preserve this area of Amazon rainforest.

Rainforest Concern continues to work with Gaia Amazonas with the Triple A corridor project (see below).

The Apaporis river by Gaia Amazonas

The Yaigojé Apaporis is the traditional territory of the Makuna, Tanimuka, Tuyuca, Cabiyari and Letuama peoples. These communities consider themselves part of nature, and live in reciprocity with the forest. Meditation and shamanic rituals cultivate a strong, spiritual connection with surrounding wildlife which heavily influences the way they care for the environment.

We are entering our real education: where we came from, where we received the sacred elements to care for our territory, how to bring up our children, how to care for our gardens.

Guillermo Rodriguez of the Majiña ethnic group

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