Message From The Heart of the World

In “The Heart of The World”, a hidden civilization endures.

They live in harmony with nature, in the ancient valleys of an isolated mountain range that ascends to 5,000 meters, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, which they consider to be the origin of all things.

They are the Kogi people.

They have been called “Keepers of the Water”, and “Guardians of the Planet.” Regionally, they are thought to possess extraordinary knowledge that transcends their austere appearance. 

But few outside of Colombia know who they are.

The Kogi rarely allow outsiders to enter their lands. They are protective of their sacred territory and tropical forests. The Kogi believe they exist to care for the earth—an earth we are destroying.

But after many years, the Kogi high priests have broken their silence. They have chosen this Earth Day to send a message to the world.

Are you listening?

Watch, listen, and share this “Message from the Heart of the World”, brought to you by the Amazon Conservation Team.


ACT publishes new map journal "The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes"

Published on April 7, 2016.

Follow the travels of the great 20th century plant explorer Dr. Richard Evans Schultes in this new online, interactive map as he encounters lost sacred plants of the Aztecs, remote Amazonian tribes, mind-altering plants, and deadly arrow poisons.

Visit The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes »


ACT Field Notes

By: Minu Parahoe
Date: Monday, April 25, 2016

The 2016 fieldwork for ACT’s joint project with the University of Utrecht and Surinamese universities is right around the corner. Since 2015, in southern Suriname, ACT has been conducting research in the Trio indigenous village of Kwamalasamutu, focusing on topics defined by the community.

By: Minu Parahoe
Date: Friday, April 15, 2016
For a dedicated group of Matawai Maroon women who are cultivating pepper for income generation in villages along Suriname’s upper Saramacca River, ACT has provided an industrial pepper mill to alleviate their strenuous physical work.
By: Isidoro Hazbun
Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
María Patricia Navarrete Serna is the Program Coordinator for ACT’s large-scale project Connected Landscapes in a Fragua-Churumbelos Conservation Corridor in Colombia. We were able to interview her and learn more about her past work, her current projects, and why she enjoys working for the Amazon Conservation Team.

ACT in the Press

By: Charles Chang
Publication: De Ware Tijd (April 2016)
Late last month, the Amazon Conservation Team organized a trip to Kwamalasamutu in Suriname for friends of the environmental organization. This was carried out as part of its twentieth anniversary in Suriname. Among the group of visitors from the US was a world-famous artist, Tico Torres, drummer for the legendary rock band Bon Jovi.
By: Allison Meier
Publication: Hyperallergic (April 2016)

You can delve into Schultes’s immersion in ritual and medicinal plants through the newly launched Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes, from the nonprofit Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), itself dedicated to working with indigenous people in the Amazon on ecological issues.

By: Sara Kapkin Sierra
Publication: VICE Colombia (April 2016)

El Amazonas del que conoció durante un recorrido mítico Richard Evans Schultes está a un click de distancia: uno podrá internarse en la selva, conocer tribus indígenas, sus conocimientos, aventuras a lo largo del río y la selva. Plantas alucinógenas y medicinales.