Ernesto Avila and Guillermo Rodriguez are Macuna Indians from the Colombian Amazon. Their upbringing has been partly traditional – spending long nights listening to the elders recount their stories of origin, and learning how to live within the forest – and partly Catholic, from the local school, where oral traditions, myths and rites are considered old-fashioned. However, Ernesto and Guillermo have never lost their intimate connection with the land and they deeply believe that the traditional knowledge is the best way to protect their sacred territory and face the difficult challenges ...


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