Great job for the conservation of the hummingbird Blue Bearded Helmetcrest
A fascinating story of trespassing.
Love your writing, Alex, and your intrepid spirit. Will share with all my FB & Twitter friends.
Well written article, although I am surprised at the lack of knowledge of Kogi organisation. I live in the UK, and have supported the Tairona Heritage Trust for over 20 years. Here is a link to their website:
Also of interest may be a recent documentary, called Aluna, which is a message to the world from the Kogi people. After much hard work, the film was taken up for general release, and is available on Netflix for instance. Here is a clip from the film, which should help to explain why they are suspicious of strangers arriving unannounced on their ancestral homelands.
One other point worth mentioning is that the Sierra is an isolated mountain range, and not part of the Andes. It is the world’s highest coastal mountain range. More information here:
With respect, and kind regards
Acknowledging that the author is my daughter,
This is a beautifically written piece that is profound in presenting her insights into the complex relationships between endangered species, endangered habitats and endangered indigenous peoples. Her determination to find this endangered bird and make the difficult and challenging trek to see it in person (with the help of a great team) and to brave the unnerving encounters with the Kogi ended up revealing discoveries about a remote part of the world and challenges to modern-day conservation practices that exist in tension with native peoples. Terrific work from a dedicated and knowledgeable professional who brings wit, wisdom and good writing to whatever she tackles.
Incredible piece with some great findings and analysis.
Beautifully written. What an adventure.
GREATLY written Alex!… it was a pleasure to join and help your expedition… some more photos available here at my album https://goo.gl/UJEEyJ and Sebas’ AMAZING shots here https://goo.gl/c2BF2A !!!
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