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

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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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Great progress! Thank you  8 December 2023

Thank you all so much for your contributions so far, and for your messages of support. We are busy with the logistics of visas and airfares etc and are really encouraged by all your wishes of heartfelt excitement to be welcoming these delightful elders here to New Zealand. Please continue to share among your networks, as those aligned to this journey will be very pleased to learn of it.

Thanks again, Moira and Jimmy

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Jasna 4 hours ago
Samantha 20 hours ago
Moira Barber

Thank you beautiful Sam! love to you

Moira Barber
Lauren 1 day ago
Moira Barber

Thank you Lauren, look forward to connecting

Moira Barber
Evie 1 day ago
Haere Mai!
Moira Barber

Kia ora Evie, thank you for your koha

Moira Barber
Donna 2 days ago
Mauri Aroha 🌈🌈🔵🕊️🌈🌈 Thank you for doing this ♥️
Moira Barber

Dear Donna, thank you for your support of this weaving together, it's very exciting!

Moira Barber

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