The Murui Muina indigenous people in Putumayo pay tribute to their people

Harvesting yucca brava, weaving chanchama fiber and speaking their original language, the Murui Muina people of Leguizamo municipality, in the lower Putumayo, celebrate International Day of Indigenous Peoples.

For Braulio Ocainatofe, the grandfather of the city Murui MuinaAugust 9 is the biggest party that marks its territory because it knows that all the original communities come together through the chatra, crafts, music and dance.

“While in our houses and few houses we share with our children and grandchildren the food that mother nature provides us, we remember the origins of our culture and at the same time appreciate the processes that allow us to transmit our mother tongue to preserve our identity.” he said.


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At the age of 77, Braulio believes that this long journey in his life is not enough to teach children to greet, thank and say goodbye using the terms of their native language.

Likewise, he assures that these 7 decades are insufficient to convey the songs that are sung in the rites that offer mother nature and discover the healing powers of mother nature.

“I will never tire of teaching all that identifies my people, and if time does not catch up with me, I am sure women will as the primary life-giving beings. As well as the woman is identified with the sweet yucca, the man is compared to the tobacco plant” said Grandpa Braulio.

Photo: Diana Mary Gembiel, communicator for the people of Misak

Taking communion with cassava, tobacco and coca, three sacred plants for the Murui Muina people, Braulio ensures that his members reach the highest level of spirituality.

dear mother earth

in small the kindness of mother earth is compared to the mercy of womenThat is why the grandmother of the Murui Muina indigenous people, Montserrat Kaimeramuy, claims that they have many gifts to pass on to their children the healing powers of traditional medicine and their mother tongue.

“We women go on with our lives, and with our work, no home lacks sweet yucca and yucca brava.” Within us are the healing powers of medicinal herbs from which we extract the most delicious and aromatic concoctions to heal all ailments of the soul and body,” she said.

International Day of Indigenous Peoples
Photo: Diana Mary Gembiel, communicator for the people of Misak

At 63 years old, Montserrat Caimeramuy is certain that the only way to perpetuate the mother tongue of her people in her children is by singing and speaking to them from the first moment they, as life-giving beings, know that the creatures are in their wombs.

If we lose our original language, our identity will be crippled. Hence the importance that our boys and girls accompany us in making costumes from chanchama fiber, in making handicrafts from the thread of kumaré heart and in making caguana, casabe and fariña”, is manifested.

In these processes, Grandma Montserrat considers the presence of minors appropriate, so that they know how to weave bags and knapsacks and at the same time discover the wild fruits and leaves with which they dye these objects for personal use.

world view and nature

International Day of Indigenous Peoples
Photo: Antonia Agreda, My Culture partner in the dissemination of the ten-year plan for the indigenous languages ​​of Colombia

Antonia Agreda, accompanying the National Ministry of Culture in the dissemination and articulation of the ten-year plan for the indigenous languages ​​of Colombia, assures that the territorial context has a lot to do with the worldview and the way the indigenous people relate to the environment and to the sacred places that are part of the identity of the original communities of the municipality of Leguizamo, in the lower part of Putumayo.

When we indigenous peoples refer to Mother Nature, it is because there is a direct connection to Pachamama and the different forms of life. The indigenous population of the department of Putumayo and other regions of the country are very important for Colombia because they are the bearers of linguistic knowledge and traditions that allow the nation to have other ways of communication,” he emphasized.


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This is why women are vital to the intergenerational transmission of the word, which takes place through the mother and the family. It is in these processes that the local woman, as giver of life, spreads wisdom and cultural empowerment.

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