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Mamo Seukukwi, 94 year old Arhuaco Leader and Spiritual Geographer

the black line is an invisible line demarcating the territories of the ancient tairona peoples. below is an extract from the elders project. read the full artlcle here.

Black Line Journey: The Black Line forms a virtual triangle around the base of the SNSM, approximately 100 miles on each side, connecting 54 sacred sites. The Line is a spiritual boundary that demarcates the ancestral territory of the four indigenous groups of the Sierra Nevada, the Koguis, Arhuacos, Wiwas and Kankuamos.  The purpose of the Mamos’ journey is to make offerings at these sites in compliance with their “Law of Origin”.  The Mamos have been making these offerings for millennia. This is how they care for the Sierra Nevada, which they call “The Heart of the World”.

TEP (the earth project) has been funding Black line journeys since January of 2010.  The next journey takes place in 2013.


Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (SNSM) Colombia “The Heart of the World”  

black line journey

Mamos at the sacred site of Cañaveral, Black Line Journey Jan.2010

The Colombian Constitutional Court (Auto 004/2009) declared the four indigenous communities of the SNSM, (Arhuacos, Koguis, Wiwas and Kanquamos), to be at risk of cultural extinction.  This reality, coupled with economic development plans (mining, dams and tourism) threatens the very existence of these rich cultural traditions that have endured for millennia.

The Elders Project (TEP) was born out of a series of meetings between the Mamos (traditional authorities) of the Kogui, Arhuaco and Wiwa peoples, Barbara Threecrow and Rick Harlow, which took place during the gathering of indigenous leaders in Pasto, Colombia in August of 2009.

TEP’s mission is to work with and provide assistance and support to the traditional authorities (Mamos) of the SNSM in Colombia for projects aimed at strengthening their traditional practices. TEP will provide this assistance primarily through funding those projects the Mamos deem necessary for the protection and preservation of their culture and their ancestral lands in accordance with the “Law of Origin” of their ancestors.

TEP accepts tax-deductible donations through EarthAction, an educational and charitable organization with 501(c)(3) tax status. Donations to “The Elders Project” from US citizens are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.


The Black Line Journey (1/3)

Uploaded on Sep 9, 2010  Earth Action elders project
Arhuaco, Kogi and Wiwa Mamos journey to sacred sights along the Black Line to Harmonize the Earth. To support the sacred work of these indigenous people to heal and maintain our planet, please consider donating to the Elder’s Project. More information can be found at  Earth Action elders project 


The Black Line Journey (2/3)

Uploaded on Sep 9, 2010   Earth Action elders project
Arhuaco, Kogi and Wiwa Mamos journey to sacred sights along the Black Line to Harmonize the Earth. To support the sacred work of these indigenous people to heal and maintain our planet, please consider donating to the Elder’s Project.


The Black Line Journey (3/3)

Uploaded on Sep 9, 2010  Earth Action elders project
Arhuaco, Kogi and Wiwa Mamos journey to sacred sites along the Black Line to Harmonize the Earth. To support the sacred work of these indigenous people to heal and maintain our planet, please consider donating to the Elder’s Project.


ed: and another heartfelt film

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