Arhuaco leader shares his thoughts on development with Dean, while etching them on his ceremonial gourd (poporo)


Cooperative Partners:


Profile Development Projects:

Additional Development Projects:

Indigenous Empowerment - 2009

  • Support, develop, and maintain sacred indigenous knowledge and foster self-determination

Land Re-Purchase Program - 2009

  • Bought back communal land that had been shrunk by government programs

Heart of the World - 2009

  • Initiative to bring elders of the four tribes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains together to walk the sacred spots around their mountains
  • Encouraged the elders to teach knowledge to the next generation

 Fondo Paez Cooperative - 1992

  • Resuscitated indigenous agricultural knowledge and culture which was suppressed through colonization, conflict, and globalization