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‘Traditional Medicine’ Strengthens The Indigenous Guard Of Colombia

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‘Traditional medicine’ strengthens the Indigenous Guard of Colombia

‘Traditional medicine’ strengthens the Indigenous Guard of Colombia

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None of these symbols of the Indigenous Guard is a coincidence. On the contrary, they represent their spirituality and worldview, key to exercising as a “peace corps” of the native communities of Colombia. The cane has a cap on the end, “the head cover.” A little further down, some ribbons that simulate “hair”, usually red and green, flag colors of the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca – CRIC, governing body of the native communities of this area. Everything is attached to the body by means of a “chumbe”, or woven fabric. A cane, compared to the rifles that have historically faced in their territories in the southwestern part of the country, places of passage for illegal armed groups and also the Army Or more recently, to mediate clashes between protesters and police, in the longest mobilizations in recent years in Colombia – and also the most violent, with dozens of protesters killed and police officers injured. of fine wood, “80 centimeters long by an inch thick.” And most importantly, cleaned by the traditional doctor, for the exclusive use of each guard. “It cannot be left there or let anyone else take it, because the room [le da mala suerte]”added Aguilar, before attending the July 20 marches in Bogotá, along with a hundred people who were en route from Cauca to the Colombian capital. Spiritual Barrier Aguilar, a small 52-year-old man with a slow tone, explained that the spirituality of this symbol, as well as the “remedies” of its traditional medicine, represent the strength of the Indigenous Guard. For this reason, in addition to the cane, its members carry a plywood backpack, with remedies inside, such as the chirrincho: a ” Cane alcohol that the elderly distil at home, “according to Aguilar. Likewise,” many skin creams, because there are spicy gases, “he stressed. The Indigenous Guard uses this and other solutions of its own to protect itself from the non-lethal weapons of the Anti-riot agents in Colombia (ESMAD) The security forces of the native peoples already know the actions of the uniformed men, due to the blockades of main roads that have been carried out for decades in areas of southern Colombia, where and they ask for more land. “In Cali, they shot us. But we keep walking, we keep walking and ‘do it’. The bullets can pass very close, “but the important thing is to obey the traditional doctors, who” work so that nothing happens to the guards. “International protection The worldview of the Guard also adds to its strategy of going en masse to places of tension, and also take advantage of their international protection status, by belonging to indigenous communities. The “security cords, whether holding hands or with our canes and symbols”, made up of “10, 20, 50 or 200 guards “They avoid clashes, adds Aguiar. During the national strike, which lasted from April 28 to June 15, seeing the members of the Guard walking next to hooded men became a common scene. Aguilar acknowledges that the indigenous people try to advise to the youth of the First Line, as those who confront the police with helmets, glasses, shields and stones, are known. “We try to sensitize the First Lines, because sometimes they want to enter to crash now,” he acknowledges and he coconuco leader. “One tells them: ‘Mijo, don’t hurt yourself, don’t let your eye hurt.'” “The pressure should be otherwise,” he says. More than 12,000 indigenous people make up the Guardia del Cauca, the native peace corps. in which women also participate. Several of these were distributed in different cities during the National Strike. On May 10, armed civilian groups attacked members of the indigenous minga (mobilization), who were blocking a road in Cali.

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BUCARAMANGA (Sputnik) – When it comes to a march, it never goes unnoticed. Their red and green canes and scarves often make their way among the Colombian protesters, to the rhythm of the “guard, guard, force, force” that characterizes it.

None of these symbols of the Indigenous Guard is a coincidence. On the contrary, they represent their spirituality and worldview, keys to act as a “body of peace” for the native communities of Colombia.

“The guard’s rod consists of three parts: head, trunk and limbs. For the man, this rod is a woman,” Arcadio Aguilar, a member of the Indigenous Guard of the Coconuco people, from the eastern department of Cauca, explains to Sputnik.

The cane has a cap on the end, “the head cover”. A little further down, some ribbons that simulate “hair”, usually red and green, flag colors of the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca – CRIC, governing body of the native communities of this area. Everything is attached to the body by means of a “chumbe”, or plywood.

A cane, in front of the rifles that they have historically faced in their territories in the southwestern part of the country, places of passage for illegal armed groups and also the Army.

Or more recently, to mediate in clashes between protesters and police, in the longest mobilizations in recent years in Colombia – and also the most violent, with dozens of protesters killed and police officers injured.

A stick, usually of fine wood, “80 centimeters long by an inch thick.” And most importantly, cleaned by the traditional doctor, for the exclusive use of each guard.

“You can’t just leave it out there or let anyone else take it, because the room [le da mala suerte]”added Aguilar, before attending the July 20 marches in Bogotá, along with a hundred people who were en route from Cauca to the Colombian capital.

Spiritual barrier

Aguilar, a small 52-year-old man with a slow tone, explained that the spirituality of this symbol, as well as the “remedies” of his traditional medicine, represent the strength of the Indigenous Guard.

For this reason, in addition to the cane, its members carry a plywood backpack, with remedies inside, such as chirrincho: a “cane alcohol that the elderly distil at home,” according to Aguilar.

“We carry our little bottle and, when the gas comes, we pour it on the cloth and put it on our faces,” he added.

Similarly, “many skin creams, because there are pungent gases,” he stressed.

The Indigenous Guard uses this and other solutions of its own to protect itself from the non-lethal weapons of anti-riot agents in Colombia (ESMAD).

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The security forces of the native peoples already know the actions of the uniformed men, due to the blockades of main roads that they have carried out for decades in areas of southern Colombia, where they ask for more land.

“In Cali, they shot at us. But we kept walking, we kept walking and ‘do it’. The bullets can pass very close,” but the important thing is to obey the traditional doctors, who “work so that the guards do not suffer anything. “.

International protection

The worldview of the Guard also adds to its strategy of going en masse to places of tension, and also taking advantage of its international protection status, by belonging to indigenous communities.

The “security cords, whether held by the hands or with our canes and symbols”, made up of “10, 20, 50 or 200 guards”, avoid collisions, adds Aguiar.

70 people are arrested in Colombia for crimes in the protests for Independence Day During the national strike, which lasted from April 28 to June 15, seeing members of the Guard walking next to hooded men became a common scene. Aguilar recognizes that the indigenous people try to advise the young people of the First Line, as those who confront the police with helmets, glasses, shields and stones, are known.

“We try to sensitize the First Lines, because sometimes they want to crash right now,” acknowledges the Coconuco leader. “One says to them: ‘Mijo, don’t hurt yourself, don’t let one eye hurt'”.

“The pressure must be otherwise,” he says.

More than 12,000 indigenous people make up the Guardia del Cauca, the native peace corps, in which women also participate. Several of these were distributed in different cities during the National Strike.

Last May 10, groups of armed civilians attacked members of the indigenous minga (mobilization), who were blocking a road in Cali.

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