Bringing indigenous Elders together from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta to Aotearoa.

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Given by 71 generous donors in around 3 months

We are excited to welcome Kogi Elders to New Zealand to meet with indigenous leaders, and ask for your help to raise their travel costs.


An invitation has been extended to elders from the Kogi people to travel to New Zealand to meet with Maori and other indigenous elders. They live in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, northern Colombia, a stunning mountain range on the edge of the Caribbean with habitats ranging from dense forest to glacial high country. They live in their traditional manner, close to the earth, and are deeply connected to nature and the planetary ecosystems.

They have long been warning of the dangers to our earth of over-exploitation of resources that modern lifestyle brings, as they observe the effects in their homelands. They have much to teach and inspire about fostering a deeper connection to the nature around us and how to care for it better.

They wish to meet with elders here to connect and share with other tribal leaders, create relationships among indigenous peoples, and travel to some of Aotearoa's special natural places. They have protected their culture strongly from modern society, however now they are feeling the urgent call to share their voice and message further, to those who can hear it.

The group will consist of a traditionally raised elder and leader, his wife, and their son who will act as translator from the Kogi language to Spanish. Also their guide and advocate Jaime Justino Correa Jaramillo will accompany them throughout their travels.

They will be attending a conference with indigenous leaders and wisdom keepers from NZ, the Americas, Hawaii, Japan, Australia and more.

Moira Barber's involvement (page creator)

I visited their village in the Sierra Nevada many years ago, and have maintained contact since then. They are a very special people and it is an honour that they are called to visit New Zealand.

Use of funds

Airfares from Colombia to New Zealand for 4 people, and their transport, food and accomodation while here for 2-3 weeks. Any extra funds raised will go to their project of building a new bridge for crucial access to their tribal lands.

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Latest update

Schedule shift  18 February 2024

Hi everyone, thank you for your patience and continued support. It seems that the timing of the Kogi elders' visit will be delayed somewhat. The visa application needed more details from them, they were out of contact in their distant mountain village, and were unwell, hence they didnt make their trip down the mountain at the expected time. They are now well and staying in their nearby territory. Jimmy will visit them soon and check in again to see if their guidance is still in alignment with a visit to Aotearoa sometime over the next few months.

We are trusting spirit timing with this; so many times our ideas spark the impetus to initiate a project, and then divine timing takes over, to orchestrate things to flow regardless of our plans, for reasons that become apparent later.

A later timeframe will allow more time to fundraise, and it may enable us to take them further than the original idea.

I will wait to update further once we have some more news and clearer plans. In any case we have started things moving and we are greatly encouraged by the depth of feeling and welcoming about their journey here, so our thanks to you all.


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Jody on 15 Feb 2024
Moira Barber

Hi Jody, thank you so much for your donation, much appreciated

Moira Barber
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Guest Donor on 24 Jan 2024
Moira Barber

Thank you for your support in bringing these special people here

Moira Barber
Lorella on 21 Jan 2024
Moira Barber

Thank you so much for the wishes and donation

Moira Barber
Ruth on 04 Jan 2024
Moira Barber

We much appreciate your collaboration, thank you!

Moira Barber
Kerri on 04 Jan 2024
Moira Barber

Thank you for your help

Moira Barber

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