ACT in the Press

Are you ready to delve into ACT's work across northern South America? In the stories below, you'll learn more about our projects, as well as meet some of our key partners, including indigenous leaders. Written by journalists at prominent publications, ACT staff or friends of our organization, these articles provide a glimpse into our myriad programs.

Women Reclaim Cultural Knowledge in Northwestern Amazonia

by: Charlene deJori
Publication: Huffington Post (November 2013)

An hour before dawn, we landed at a small airstrip deep in the mountains of the Colombian Amazon. This remote forest -- ringing with the sounds of frogs, monkeys and parrots --seemed surreal, as did my reason for visiting. Over the next five days, I would photograph the annual conference of the region's female indigenous healers.

Revolutionizing Education in the Colombian Rainforest

by: Eva Erickson
Publication: Huffington Post (October 2013)

While top-of-the-line outdoor gear and insect repellents work well in the Northern California backcountry, they're next to worthless in the Colombian jungle. This was my first lesson traveling from the West Coast to a region with 100-degree temperatures and 90 percent humidity, where bugs feed on any millimeter of exposed of skin and the humid air dissolved my malaria pills into a sludgy mess before I could take them.

Colombia establishes giant rainforest park

by: Rhett A. Buttler
Publication: (August 2013)

Next week the Colombian government will officially double the size of its largest national park, reports El Espectador.
Chiribiquete National Park in southern Colombia will expand from 12,990 square kilometers to 27,808 square kilometers, making it one of the biggest protected areas in the Amazon. The expansion will include areas thought to be inhabited by two "uncontacted" or voluntarily isolated tribes. These areas were potentially at risk from oil exploration and mining.

The Kogis Return to the Ocean

by: Mariana Escobar Roldán
Publication: El Espectador (May 2013)

Five centuries ago, before the Spanish made their way to the Caribbean on their route to the Indies, a major portion of the communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta lived along the ocean, undertook long journeys in search of fish, and gathered caracuchas, similar to a snail, which they consumed crushed and mixed with coca leaves in order to improve their thinking and communication.
"The sea was our mother”: so says the creation myth of the Kogi.