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12/11/2014 11:04 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Indigenous Kogi on Global Webcast: Restore Balance or Perish

We have seen the metaphor played out in recent films like Avatar and more recently Interstellar but now it is time to recognize that it is actually happening in real life. Human beings with all of our promise and ingenuity are causing irreversible havoc upon the delicate natural systems that sustain all life. This is only a doomsday scenario if people choose to do nothing about it. This message is echoed through the teachings of all indigenous tribes who hold nature and our place within it to be sacred. The Kogi People of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta are probably best known through the BBC's film A Message from the Heart of the World or the independent film Aluna. This pristine and original culture lives close to nature. Having retreated from the advance of civilization for hundreds of years keeping their ancient teachings alive,they have decided that it's absolutely necessary to communicate to the rest of the world a basic message; Change the way you live, or the balance of Nature will be broken. It is not a new message but the concept of them speaking it live via webcast this weekend is absolutely unprecedented.

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Often called 'The Elder Brother', the Kogi see modern cultures and technological civilization as 'The Younger Brother'. That we allow the complete desecration of forests, oceans, animals, and fresh water merely for pieces of paper called money is actually quite telling of how childish our "modern" culture really is. Yet if we are to harness our technology and use it in a responsible way to restore and heal our planet while taking care of all life, then we will have something hopeful to work towards. Some call this powerful combination of ancient wisdom and respect for nature working together with modern technology the fulfillment of the Eagle and Condor Prophecy. Regardless if you believe in prophecy, the opportunity to hear elders from some of the most ancient villages on the planet speak live via global webcast is some sort of history in the making. Perhaps we are witnessing the birth of a shared global story an initiative for turning the tides and bringing the healing that is so desperately needed?

This is another step in a process that began years ago. This particular journey began as a response to the disaster at Fukushima. The message we are bringing is that we are living in a state of imbalance. It's now time to take action, conscious action, to begin to restore balance to Mother Earth.'

The journey is actually the third part in a four part journey. The first leg took them to the 'Four Corners' region of the USA in late June/July of this year. There they met with the Native American keepers of that land and did ceremony and unified with them. Then, together with the representatives of the Diné people from the Four Corners, they went to Japan to raise awareness and do ceremony for the disaster at Fukushima. Most of the time in Japan was spent near the sacred center of Mount Fuji, where they met with local elders and representatives. The fourth, and final part of this journey will be to the volcano of Mount Etna in Italy.

'Our guidance is telling us that we will reach Mount Etna by sometime around May of next year'. Nelson told us, 'This whole journey is but a part of a much bigger process that is reaching out to raise awareness about the need for Earth restoration.'

'Restore the Mother Earth's rights to her Natural Constitution'

'The essential message can be distilled down to the phrase 'Restore the Mother Earth's rights to her Natural Constitution'. We will speak more to this in the coming days. We will speak about this at UPLIFT. We will speak about what we mean exactly when we say "Natural Constitution". The way that Modern Society is based on extraction of minerals and natural resources has to end. We have to think of the generations to come. We have to listen to the Original Peoples that have maintained a connection to nature and realise that we have become disconnected. It is time to reconnect with nature. -Translated by Nelson Caraballo

If this tickles your curiosity then you should consider tuning in to the global webcast this weekend through UPLIFT Festival, where you will also experience many other exciting and inspiring presentations that will give you hope for things to come. Sometimes the bad news can be overwhelming but it is each one of us who has the power and ability to become the good news. This can happen in the smallest of ways by showing kindness to those around you, honoring a sacred place in nature, spending time with your elders or playing with a child who looks up to you. Each of us was placed here at this time for a very special reason, there is much work to be done!

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Photo Courtesy of Brendan Shoebridge

**Post Originally Appeared on Culture Collective**