Number 14 – Arhuaco People of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada
The Arhuaco people of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada take great responsibility for the wellbeing of the planet. In fact, they see it as their job to keep Mother Earth in harmony. They see droughts and famines as a consequence of human failure to keep the world in balance.
‘When you go to dig your fields, or make a pot from clay, you are disturbing the balance of things. When you walk, you are moving the air, breathing it in and out. Therefore you must make payments.’ Arhuaco
For the indigenous people living on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a vast mountain standing alone on the northern coast of Colombia, the central theme of their culture is balance – everything must be kept in order. They believe that thunder and lightning, floods and the deaths of children happen because people have disturbed that balance. Their beliefs and world is being threatened by the developed world like never before and humans all over the world need to hear their story.
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