Exploring Colombia’s Ethnosphere: Indigenous Universes and Sacred Sites with Lorena Gómez - Context Travel

Exploring Colombia’s Ethnosphere: Indigenous Universes and Sacred Sites with Lorena Gómez


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Colombia is Earth’s second most biodiverse country and within its geographical borders live many worlds. Join anthropologist Lorena Gomez in an interactive seminar where we will access the past and present spheres of Colombia’s cultural diversity, to discover how minority groups live and think.

Our journey begins in the Heart of the World, as it’s called by Kogui, Arhuaco, Wiwa, and Kankuamo local indigenous groups. You might know it as the Sierra Nevada. Rising up to 6,000 meters, the world’s highest coastal mountain range is home to both the Teyuna-Lost City UNESCO archaeological site and the descendants of a Pre-Columbian civilization who remain committed to their role as harmony keepers for the planet and the rest of humanity who they call their younger brothers.

Our steps then head southwest, towards Cauca’s enigmatic páramo ecosystems and Colombian Massif, a “womb” that springs many of the main national rivers, including the Magdalena river. We will discover the traditional medicine and stories of less-known Andean cultures, particularly the Misak, who continue to be soft, determined critical thinkers and who welcome guests wholeheartedly.

The route finally descends to Mavecure Hills in Guainia Amazon forest. Standing on the 1.7 billion-year-old Guiana Shield, it is still a sacred symbol to Puinave people in spite of their complex process of cultural assimilation influenced by evangelical missions. Come what may, the voices of the past found means to survive and remind us we are all interconnected.

Led by an anthropologist and expert on indigenous tourism, Lorena Gómez, this interactive seminar will be an introductory immersion to Colombia’s natural and cultural living heritage. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of human diversity.

Lorena Gómez is an anthropologist, journalist, and tour leader whose work has taken her from the Amazon to the Andes, the Sierra Nevada to the Himalaya, FARC reincorporation basecamps to the Dalai Lama Temple’s private visiting room. She is a fellow of the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Generation Change and Georgetown University’s Global Competitiveness Leadership Programs and winner of Semana Magazine’s Journalism Award for co-producing a podcast on Mocoa town's 2017 mudslide. Lorena has spent 8 years immersing herself in different indigenous groups in Colombia developing intercultural education and indigenous tourism. Similarly, out of her participation in post-conflict expeditions, she has published travel chronicles for El Espectador and The Nepali Times and grown as a designer of peace-building destinations, enhancing human oneness and reconciliation with nature.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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