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Escuela de Formación Política para los Pueblos Indígenas de la Amazonía Colombiana

School of Political Training for the Indigenous Peoples of  the Colombian Amazon

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The Living being feeds, reproduces and weaves relationships with other bodies, in mutual and permanent transformation, so nurturing the ancestral mandate of the elderly, the "sweet word" for the learning of values, the productive activities and the ecological calendar.





Own authorities with their own organization, exercise government in their own territories, being foremost, the "Higher Regulation", the Own Right, Law of Origin, the Sacred Higher / Sacred minor, the Word, the Word of Tobacco, Coca leaf and sweet cassava. They are principles of unity, equality, belonging and collective identity.


Strengthening the forms of governance in the territories, and recognition of those practices of a legal pluralism where the individuals of the indigenous peoples of the Colombian Amazon are strengthened in the full exercise of their own systems of justice.


Training of indigenous and non-indigenous trainers, within the context of the areas, groups and human communication teams of OPIAC and its regional organizations.

Katumare of Knowledge

In the Katumare we find an analogy between the working characteristics of the Amazon peoples and the thematic contents of the School

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Thematic Axes

Cosmovision and Territory

Cultural and intercultural foundations are the precepts that define the relationship between the territory and the indigenous cosmovision. Here the concepts of Resguardo, Collective Titling and Territorial Arrangement are discussed, an this is in order to identify the changes and historical transformations of what is meant by indigenous territory in its relationship with the State.

Territories of Origin

There is reflection on the main cosmogonic dimensions of the places of origin and spiritual sites, with the purpose of contrasting them with external categories and conceptions, such as: "historical centers" and "historical and cultural heritage of humanity".

The Chagra

System of production and reproduction of Amazon indigenous knowledge. It analyzes the articulation of the chagra as a system of knowledge and indigenous self-sustainability, along with other scenarios of production and reproduction of knowledge (Maloka, River and hillocks), in order to review the connotations of the "monoculture" models and the impact of "genetically modified organisms -GMO-", in light of the concept of "food sovereignty".

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Women´s role in the handling of the territory

The principle of Amazon complementarity is reviewed and discussed, based on the identification of the forms, practices and thought structures of indigenous Amazon men and women, in contrast to notions of "gender approach", "affirmative actions", "body-territory", and "protective guardians of the territory ".

Production and Self-sustainability

The meaning, scope and limitations of three recurrent expressions in the Life Plans and the discourses of the indigenous organizations are contrasted and analyzed: own production, "self-development and Own-development", in light of the processes of economic "globalization", and the notions of "Progress" and "Development".

Ecologic Calendar

Collective and historical construction of the territory. Here it is discussed and compared our own and external knowledge regarding the conservation and protection of the environment, in the context of "climate change", and the implications of the projects and / or programs "REDD, REDD +, Safeguards, Amazon Indigenous Network (RIA from its Spanish initials), National Strategy for REDD and Climate Change; with the purpose of giving content to the "System of Information and Monitoring of the Colombian Amazon Jungle".

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