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Colombia - 04 September, 2018
For several years, Tropenbos Colombia has been supporting local knowledge holders of various ethnic groups to document their knowledge about sacred sites and the spiritual relevance that these hold for communities in the Amazon.
In 2017, together with Uldarico Matapi, who is a Upichia traditional knowledge holder, Tropenbos Colombia documented the importance of the Chiribiquete as a sacred site for more than twenty indigenous groups. Key to the cultural importance of this area are the numerous indigenous pictograms — the oldest of which date back 20,000 years — found in sixty rock shelters. The outcomes of the documentation study were published in the journal Colombia Amazonica.
The Colombian Institute for Anthropology and History and National Parks of Colombia used the documentation in their submission to have Chiribiquete National Park declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A decision is expected in July 2018.