The Kogi, the lost tribe of pre-Colombian America, have a message for us
From the Heart of the World - The Elder Brothers Warning is a documentary about the Kogi people who inhabit the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain in northern Colombia. Direct descendants of the Tayrona people they survived Spanish Conquistadors - a feat no other tribe can claim. Long thought extinct, they reappeared from their mountain home to warn the world about the harmful damage it was causing. This documentary explores the traditions of the Kogi people and the wisdom they have learnt in their peaceful existence with the land they inhabit.
The Kogi are the last surviving civilization from the world of the Inca and Aztec, and their cities are untouched by our world. The mountain they inhabit is an isolated triangular pyramid rising over 18,000 feet from the sea, the highest coastal mountain on earth. It is on a separate tectonic plate from the Andes, and its unique structure means that it is virtually a miniature version of the planet, with all the world’s climates represented. The mountain is quite literally a micro-cosmos, a mirror of the planet on which every ecological zone is represented and in which most of the plants and animals of the planet can find homes.The Kogi are authentic guardians of ancient knowledge that was shared by many communities that have been destroyed in the advance of “civilization”. They regard themselves as the “Elder Brothers”, protectors of life on Earth, They survived by being unseen, because they have a duty to use their knowledge to care for nature. Through their mind power and meditation they keep the world in balance. But now our destructive energy overwhelms the earth.So the Kogi Mamas, educated in darkness, trained to connect and work with the thought-energy in nature (“aluna”), have decided they need to reach out with practical advice. If we want to ask, they will respond. It is not too late, they say, to reverse the damage and help the world flourish again.
The Kogi do not want to be met. But they do want to be listened to.And that is not for their sake. It is for ours.
The Black Line Initiative is a groundbreaking project initiated by the Kogi of Colombia and supported by the Tairona Heritage Trust. It is based on the Kogi concept of black lines –invisible threads of primordial thought and lifeforce that criss-cross the planet to form a connected network. For the Kogi, nature is a living organism, structured by these black lines and so the effect of actions is transmitted from one place to others. The Kogi want to help us take care of nature by making use of the black lines. The Kogi believe their knowledge of the black lines and of the invisible ways in which our world is interconnected has enabled them to live in harmony with nature for centuries. The training received by their elders, called “Mamas”, is intended to help them to connect with the thought-energy in nature, known as “aluna”. This ancient tradition is passed on orally and by training in their practice of “listening to water”. To listen, they insist, is to think. Now, having always kept their ways and wisdom concealed, the Kogi Mamas have decided to use it to help us directly. Through the Black Line Initiative, the Kogi invite individuals, groups and communities with a commitment to protecting, respecting and enhancing specific sites to provide details of their work and receive practical advice based on indigenous knowledge of environmental impacts. blacklineinitiative.org