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Nación U’wa Guardianes del Planeta Azul



September 19, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst, NY
New York, NY 11373 United States
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Terraza 7 Human Rights Series invites to:

Nación U’wa Guardianes del Planeta Azul

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An interactive presentation by Aura Tegría Cristancho, who will discuss the struggle for indigenous land rights, protection of sacred spaces, inter-cultural solidarity, and safety for Earth Defenders in Colombia within the context of the peace process between the government and FARC Rebels

Tegría Cristancho is a young indigenous lawyer from Colombia’s U’wa Nation. Since late 2013, she has served as the legal advisor to the U’wa Association of Traditional Authorities and Councils (ASOU’WA). During her tenure, Aura has been central to a number of important advances made by the U’wa people in the defense of their ancestral territory, like their successful shutdown of a natural gas exploration platform, called Magallanes, which was constructed within their ancestral territory in early 2014. Through nonviolent protest, international advocacy, media campaigns, and direct negotiations with the government, the U’wa were able to stop the project in its tracks and by early 2015 the platform had been dismantled. Aura has also helped lead the U’wa’s fight to protect their sacred Zizuma, the majestic mountain that lords over their ancestral territory, playing a unique and central role in their spiritual cosmovision. This is the resting place of their divine beings, the source of spiritual wisdom for their traditional authorities. Zizuma is called Mount Cucuy by the Colombian government, and located within a national park famed for ecotourism.

Presentation by indigenous leader Aura Tegría Cristancho: 7:30pm

Question and answer session: 7:45pm

Special performance by Climbing Poetree: 8:00pm

Live Music performance by Zenen Zeferino & Sones en Tres: 9:00pm

Nación U’wa Guardianes del Planeta Azul at Terraza 7 on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Moderators at Terraza 7:
Mario Murillo and Freddy Castiblanco