From the Heart of the World – The Elder Brothers Warning is a documentary about the Kogi people who inhabit the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain in northern Colombia. Direct descendants of the Tayrona people they survived Spanish Conquistadors – a feat no other tribe can claim. Long thought extinct, they reappeared from their mountain home to warn the world about the harmful damage it was causing. This documentary explores the traditions of the Kogi people and the wisdom they have learnt in their peaceful existence with the land they inhabit.
Who are the Kogi?
What is the Black Line Initiative?
The Black Line Initiative is a groundbreaking project initiated by the Kogi of Colombia and supported by the Tairona Heritage Trust. It is based on the Kogi concept of black lines –invisible threads of primordial thought and lifeforce that criss-cross the planet to form a connected network. For the Kogi, nature is a living organism, structured by these black lines and so the effect of actions is transmitted from one place to others. The Kogi want to help us take care of nature by making use of the black lines.
The Kogi believe their knowledge of the black lines and of the invisible ways in which our world is interconnected has enabled them to live in harmony with nature for centuries. The training received by their elders, called “Mamas”, is intended to help them to connect with the thought-energy in nature, known as “aluna”. This ancient tradition is passed on orally and by training in their practice of “listening to water”. To listen, they insist, is to think.
Now, having always kept their ways and wisdom concealed, the Kogi Mamas have decided to use it to help us directly. Through the Black Line Initiative, the Kogi invite individuals, groups and communities with a commitment to protecting, respecting and enhancing specific sites to provide details of their work and receive practical advice based on indigenous knowledge of environmental impacts.