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Brosimum alicastrum (Swartz 1788), so called by the West, guáimaro for Colombia, Ojushte in Salvador, Ramón in Mexico, Méwa for Los Kággaba and for the world Nuez Maya . This large tree (45 m Approx.), Native to the Sierra, always important for the humans who have inhabited it from the beginning and still live in the Caribbean massif. The nut it produces has been an essential part of the indigenous diet along with two other species of cold climate nuts.

The "breeding" of guáimaro trees in the territory of the tapir is the medium and long-term bet to restore the food source of origin and reestablish the known benefits of this tree for the biodiversity of the Sierra and the natives.

In 2013 Daisy Tarrier in Paris presented the Brosimum alicastrum to the Nativa Foundation , later together with Envol-vert , Maya Nut Institute and the group Defensores de la Naturaleza de Palomino La Guajira Colombia, the first workshop was held to learn about the various ways to prepare and consume the guáimaro nut. Later in 2014, 10,000 trees were planted on the two banks of the lower part of the Ancho river, from the town of the same name to the Sierra Nevada with the support of Terre & Humanisme . During those years the summer was very intense to the point that Tchendukua financed assisted irrigation for a year, managing to save most of the Guaimaros.

Since 2015, the Nativa Foundation continues to "breed" guáimaros for 12 months in the nursery and then take them to the tapir's territory in the San Salvador river basin, land owned by the Kogi. Every year 500 new native trees are planted .

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Guaimaro tree illustration

For Guáimaro information click on:

Radio interview about the guaimaro tree
Interview in Spanish about the guaimaro
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Fiber of origin that has never lost its validity in the Sierra Nevada, Kogi women do not stop weaving the fique to make backpacks and rucksacks. They are ready to with your help, impose this beautiful pre-Columbian element that confronts the plastic bag. Completely handmade, with natural fibers and pigments made as has always been done in the Kogi culture.

By supporting the Fique economy, it favors Kogi women, makes culture visible, strengthens ancient activity so that its economy benefits and can compete in something with livestock, which is configured in the problem that grows for the biodiversity of the Sierra Nevada .  

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Plástico o fique
Haba Teresa
Juan Nuevita
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