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Indigenous Peoples: Art speaks to us: Carved stories and woven memories of being Kamënts̈á | The taste of Colombia

Carlos Mutumbajoy of Arte Mutumbajoy is part of the art group selected to participate with their pieces in the exhibition, “Carved stories and woven memories of being Kamënts̈á”, that seeks to learn more about the roots, the culture, the thought of the Kamënts̈á people. For Carlos, “The Kamënts̈á people are unique in the world and have a lot to contribute to society from a cultural and philosophical point of view. That is why it is important that they know more about them.”

Masculine and feminine duality: Mutumbajoy Art / Photo taken from the exhibition

In addition to Arte Mutumbajoy the display, “Carved stories and woven memories of being Kamënts̈á”has the support of the groups: Shembaseng Art, Curarte, Doris Jajoy and the Putumayo Art and Design Association, which has managed to involve its artisans in the creative process of these native pieces of the nation. Collective process in the rescue of memory – history through textiles and wood carving.

The Kamentsa people, of Sibundoy Valley In the high Putumayo, is known for the realization every year of the Forgiveness Festival.

Hugs in full celebration of The Carnival of Forgiveness or Bëtscnate

Hugs in full celebration of The Carnival of Forgiveness or Bëtscnate / Artesanías de Colombia

Carlos He tells us that the Monday before Ash Wednesday is the big day for them, it is the reconciliation between living beings as well as the reconciliation between man and nature itself. It is the most important cultural event. “The Festival of Forgiveness”.

In the Forgiveness Festival, the population dresses up with the Crown of Forgiveness which represents hierarchy, autonomy and freedom, explains Carlos.

In the Festival of Forgiveness, the population dresses up with the Crown of Forgiveness.

In the Festival of Forgiveness, the population dresses up with the Crown of Forgiveness. / Colombian Handicrafts

Another figure that shines in this great party is El Matachin: “He is the most important character, he guides us; he is our father. Who directs the entire protocol process of the Carnival of Forgiveness. he integrates the energetic connection between the cosmos, the earth and the human being”, ensures Carlos.

Carlos Mutumbajoy of Mutumbajoy art of the Kamënts̈á people He also referred in this interview to the importance of fabrics:

Weaving is the way to rescue the living form.  Thought and expression of the indigenous”.

Weaving is the way to rescue the living form. Thought and expression of the indigenous”. / Colombian Handicrafts

“Weavings are the first form of writing of the original Kamënts̈á people. This type of writing is how an entire way of life is expressed from the ancestors until now”, comments Carlos.

There are 34 pieces that make up this exhibition and from the Virgilio Barco Public Library, with free admission and until September 28 of this year you can see: The Crown of Forgiveness, the Matachín, his belts, different masks and the meaning of each element, among many more elements of the town Kamënts̈á.

This initiative thanks to the program Ethnic Groups of Crafts of Colombia, the Network of Public Libraries of Bogotá, BibloRedalong with the six artisan groups of the Sibundoy Valley, Putumayo.

Carlos Alberto Mutumbay, Carved stories and woven memories of being Kamënts̈á Invited to The Flavor of Colombia from Caracol Radio.

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Listen Art speaks to us: “Carved stories and woven memories of being Kamënts̈á”. The way of telling, how they are, how they live and how they think. Carlos Mutumbajoy of Art Mutumbajoy. in Alacarta

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