A Healer’s Last Journey: Documenting Endangered Knowledge in the Colombian Andes

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-taylor-morrison/a-healers-last-journey-do_b_5652047.html?utm_hp_ref=college&ir=College

In Sibundoy, the ancestral territory of the Kamentsa and Inga indigenous people, both the elders and lands that sustain traditional knowledge are disappearing. To keep pace with climate change, globalization and the region’s mining development, local groups are banding together to record this information before it disappears.

Among them is an organization called the Asociación de Mujeres Indígenas de la Medicina Tradicional (the Association for Indigenous Women of Traditional Medicine, or “ASOMI” for short) that spearheads ambitious efforts to preserve women’s traditional knowledge across Colombia. This information, they believe, is critical to preserving both the identity and the health of local communities.

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