Coca leaves are a natural connection for our indigenous communities. It is a “male plant” for them, and a sacred plant which gives them what they need to survive. A spiritual and ancestral connection to nature and in between them. Full of healing properties, this plant has become for our cultures in a nightmare.
Confused as cocaine, indigenous communities have paid a high price as they have been displaced, loosing their territory, their families and their freedom, as cocaine has become a huge industry for occidental culture. Indigenous people need coca plants to be able to grow as a healthy community.
In the Amazon rainforest, the Uitoto community is trying to protect their ancestral practices to maintain their ethnic group. Without coca plants they will not be healthy and may be lost as community. Coca leaves takes out from them hunger, fears and gives them a new and unkown perspective from life, from being a human disconnect it from nature, to a one very close to other beings and other energies we are not allow to see or believe in.
Monillamena members community
Women who sow the coca
Kids who are willing to learn how to maintain their identity
Females who maintain their knowledge
To spirit coca who has saved for many years our communities
We do have the chance to do many things for our own specie. We must. We might have learned many lessons and we need to teach many more and to learn many more new things not to make the same mistakes we have done in our past. We did evolve as a clever specie and our behavior need to be consequential with that. Many species are in our hands and our own specie is trapped in a development we will not be able to maintain, to be sustainable.
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