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Northwest Villages and Chiefdoms. Chapter 7 Wilson The Kogi. The Kogi. Significance of this group From the Heart of the World Reichel-Dolmatoff’s data BBC representation Issues with these views?. Kogi. Physical Environment Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

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northwest villages and chiefdoms

Northwest Villages and Chiefdoms

Chapter 7 Wilson

The Kogi

the kogi
The Kogi
  • Significance of this group
  • From the Heart of the World
  • Reichel-Dolmatoff’s data
    • BBC representation
    • Issues with these views?
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Kogi
  • Physical Environment
    • Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
    • Highest and most steeply ascending coastal massif in the world.
    • 5 climatic zones: topical, subtropical, temperate, páramo and snowline.
    • Diverse range of climates and related vegetation (fig. 7.2)
    • Fauna:
      • jaguar, puma, tigrillo, tapir, paca, peccary, armadillo, howler monkey, toucan, heron, pelican, crocodilians, marine turtles and fish.
mode of production
Mode of Production
  • High mobility and slash-and-

burn agriculture

  • Principal foods
    • Various climatic zones
    • Marine products as supplement of protein
  • Tairona ancient terraces
  • Tropical zone- coca cultivations
    • Benefits of coca plant
    • Gender differences
    • Adaptive strategies during good and bad years
settlement patterns
Settlement Patterns
  • Wide range of elevations
  • East far from European influence- blocked access to the sea
  • 35 principal Kogi settlements, 1-2,000 mts. Above sea level
  • Traditional structures are round with conical roof
    • Field houses, gender differences and conjugal relations
  • No singular “home” but 3+ houses through the year
mode of reproduction domestic economy
Mode of Reproduction & Domestic Economy
  • 1940s 2,000 people
  • High infant mortality rates
  • Male & female homosexuality
  • Figure 7.2- Kogy settlement pattern
  • Duty to maintain the roads and small tambos
  • Clothing
    • Men: weaving, pottery making,
    • Planting and weeding the coca
    • Women: plant crops and harvest
    • Inheritance & house ownership
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social organization
Social Organization
  • Two main groups: Túxe & Dáke
  • Mámas and marriage
  • Age of marriage & preference
  • Matrilocal rules and bride service
  • Views of women
  • Effects of chewing coca leaves
political economy ritual and leadership
Political Economy & Ritual and Leadership
  • No political economy, isolation as strategy for cultural survival
  • Kogi have entered the cash economy
    • WorldBank
  • The mámas: duties, training and authority
    • The poporo -effects of chewing coca
ideology
Ideology
  • Three sacred postulates (abstentions)
  • Views of natures
  • The Universal Mother
  • Ceremonial house
  • Women and sexuality
  • Kogi calendar
    • 18- 20days months
    • Impact of Colombian huaqueros
    • The Kogi, perfect ecologists?
controversy
Controversy
  • B.I.O. awarded a Bios Prize to The Kogicommunity in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in Colombia.
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