Home' Nova National : NOVA NATIONAL OCTOBER 12 Contents The Mamos are the enlightened
teachers of the Kogi tribe who
live in the Sierra Nevada, the high
coastal mountains of Colombia.
From childhood they are raised to become
one with the spiritual forces that shape
and live through the natural world. It is
their life's bidding to serve the Mother
Father and perform ceremony and ritual to
keep the natural balance.
For centuries they have lived in
seclusion since escaping the rampage
of the Spanish Conquistadors through
South America. Now with the world facing
destruction at the hands of Younger
Brother, our modern society that no
longer lives in balance with nature, they
have come down from their mountain
retreats. They realise that, at this stage,
ceremony alone won't halt the destruction
and they must appeal to Younger Brother
to understand the processes of life and
stop his course of destruction.
In September's issue of NOVA
Magazine I introduced the message of
the Kogi Mamos and the film ALUNA they
asked to be made in co-operation with
experienced film makers to alert the world
to the crisis we face and share with us the
internal wisdom that will pull us back on
This month we will dive deeper into
an understanding of the Mamos' world-
view drawing extensively on a speech
given by Mamo Pedro Juan, speaking in
Seishua, Sierra Nevada on 25 April 2009,
not long before commencing filming on
At the core of the Mamos' under-
standing of the world is their belief that
nature and sacred sites are living and fully
conscious, as are key parts of the planet.
Sacred sites are those parts of the body of
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Sacred sites, portals to the whole planet, are under great threat. Jeremy Ball shares this
message of leaders of the Kogi people.
Mother Earth that have the subtlest and
most important consciousness, just as
parts of our own human bodies, like the
glands, secrete subtle substances vital for
the healthy functioning of our system.
If these parts of the body are damaged
through violence or disease, it greatly
affects the balance and functioning of the
whole, as is the case with Mother Earth.
In Mamo Pedro's own words: "Here
we are on Planet Earth. I want to tell you
that we all live on the same planet, and so
we must listen to the commands of the
mothers and parents who grant us the
... Our place is here taking care of
... Seishua (this sacred site) was also
created by the Mother and knows the
whole of the lore. It must warn those
who are thinking of doing harm so that
they understand that they cannot destroy
the seas and everything that exists. They
are not the owners of the world. There
is a high environmental authority, which
takes the form of a high mountain, which
keeps watch against the intrusion of
disruption and corruption. Now we find
ourselves in contact with the enemy of the
Mamo Pedro continued: "The Mother
gave us physical form, with a heart that
we might live, and ordained nature in the
same way. Now we are destroying every
type of vegetation and the Mother feels
this like an amputation, or tearing out her
"To that extent the Mother is like us.
... Our ancestors taught us that the forests
cannot be felled. There are trees that
cannot be cut. That rule has existed from
the origin and protects the father and
mothers of nature from generation to
Mamo Pedro went on to explain the
specific problems in the region around the
Sierra Nevada caused by the destruction
of nature, problems that are echoed
around the world: "All the rivers that flow
to the beaches come from eizuamas.
These rivers must not be damaged or
they cannot carry anything down to feed
the sea. The clouds are raised down there
to complete the water cycle to the peaks.
The lagoons are the mothers of the sea
and they supply its needs. The daughter
of the lagoons is the sea, and like a
daughter it supplies the lagoons through
this cycle of the water. We thought that
the Younger Brothers were going to take
care of the seas, but we must say that 15
years ago they constructed an electricity
generating plant with great damage to the
This sounds sadly similar to instances
in our land where, for example, the elders
of the Kimberley in Western Australia
are having their wishes steam rolled for
mining rights and gas pipelines and
precious water sources are being wasted,
damaged and poisoned.
So shocked are they at the devastation
being done to the natural world, the Kogi
Mamos have begun to occupy the sacred
sites, those places that have the power
to heal and protect the greater natural
environment. As places of subtlest energy,
though, they are also the most vulnerable
and, if destroyed, make the healing far
more difficult or even impossible.
Mamo Pedro went on to advise us
as to what can be done to limit further
harm: "Negative forces are going to
continue to grow stronger, so we our-
selves must continue working positively
so that the consequences can be averted.
We must work together with the Younger
Brother and, now that species are dis-
appearing, we must explain what is going
on. This is happening because they are
acting against the sacred sites that are
owners of the species."
Many of the Kogi Mamos have began
occupying their sacred sites in an attempt
to prevent further destruction and keep
the flow of creative energy as strong as
In Australia, in every state and territory,
many sacred sites are under threat. Our
indigenous brothers and sisters call out
to stop the harm and call out for our
help but their voices are weak in the
media compared to mining giants and the
distraction of sports and entertainment.
Younger Brother has convinced him-
self that we must keep this money jugger-
naut going at almost any expense to create
more jobs and build houses and roads,
regardless of the destruction to the whole.
Do some research in your own backyard.
Contact your local traditional owners.
Find a cause to support and show up!
If you are in the Kimberley or Pilbara,
mining companies are totally disregarding
indigenous rights -- the community at
Mutijulu beside Uluru is still reeling from
the harm done by the intervention. In
Arnhem Land, traditional owners are
tricked or forced into signing away land
rights (see the movie Our Generation)
and I am sure in your own backyard
there are similar injustices. Stand up and
support them just as you would someone
attempting to harm your body or your
child's, for soon we will find out we
cannot function without our Mother the
Earth having a healthy body. Then we will
find out we can't eat or drink money and
we will have wished we cared for her
Mamos Pedro concluded, "We must
not only show this to the Western world,
but to other indigenous peoples. They
must decide what they must do within
their own territories. Each one must
decide what we are going to do. More
and more indicators appear like the birth
of deformed children, as sacred sites are
interfered with. That is our thought and
this, above all, we will continue saying to
the world. This is why we were born and
live and this is what we declare. We invite
other indigenous people and all people in
the world to grasp the situation in which
we now live."
■ The full transcript of this speech by
Mamo Pedro Juan is available at http://
news/ a website associated with the
organisation Gonawindua Tairona set up
by the Mamos to communicate with
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