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Visit to Ancestral Territories of the Colombian Putumayo River to Listen to the Voices of Creation
September 1 - September 10
During the days of 1 to 23 September 2022, Fr. Albeiro Rodas, Salesian of Don Bosco, missionary in Cambodia, ancestral communicator and identified with the native Tahamí people of Antioquia and Heber Muñoz España, creator of the YaiRuna House of the Ancestral Knowledge of the Yagé Cultures and member of the board of FEDEC ( Colombian Federation of Ecotourism and Ecoparks and Adventure Tourism) will visit the ancestral communities of San Agustin and the Colombian Putumayo River to Listen to the Voices of Creation among our brothers and sisters of the Amazon Rain Forest, sharing blessings with the Mother Earth, our Common Home and the native communities.
The journey starts in the ancestral town of San Agustin in the Andean southern mountains of Colombia, where it is located the ancestral archeological park and the YaiRuna House of Ancestral Knowledge with the visit to the Virgin of Mother Earth that is exhibited in the San Agustin Church. On 9th September Fr. Rodas with Mr. Heber Muñoz España begin the journey to Florencia city of the Department of Caquetá in the Amazonian region, where they will meet some native communities, especially the nomadic tribes of the Colombian forests, Nukak Maku, who has been displaced by violence and forest encroachment.
On 10th September the travel by plain from Florencia Caquetá to Puerto Leguízamo at the Putumayo riverside, bordering Peru, where they will visit the Murui community with Taita Julio Muñoz Lino, inheritor of the Yagé tradition, the ZioBain community with Taita Hector and Taita William Yaiguaje and visit to the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Leguizamo. There will be a meeting with the native children of the communities to meditate about Listen to the Voices of Creation and thanks our brothers and sisters of the native communities for their love and care for Mother Earth and the ancestral wisdoms.
On 14th September they will embark on the Putumayo River by boat for 16 hours, bordering the three sister countries of Colombia, Peru and Eduardo until Mocoa City, where they will visit the Kämentsá community of Taita Luis and the Inga community. They will stay in these communities sharing with the children and youth. Crossing the Putumayo River in prayer and meditation for a region that has been target of violence, displacement and great exploitation of resources, causing sadness to Mother Earth and our ancestral communities.
On 18th September they will travel by land towards the city of San Agustin, ascending the Andes mountains through the Sibundoy Valley, ancestral territory of the Inga, Kämentsá and other communities. The journey ends once more in the San Agustin church, in front to the Virgin of Mother Earth.