«The Kogi Indians have a vision of the world based on the respect of others, of themselves and of nature. The preservation and understanding of their teachings and their philosophy of life seem to me to be more vital than ever».
Founded in France in October 1997, the Tchendukua – Ici et Ailleurs association unites those who wish to preserve and embody a way of life founded on respect and harmony.
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The Tchendukua – Ici et Ailleurs initiative was started by French geographer Eric Julien.
Having been saved from a pulmonary embolism by the Kogi while exploring their territory, he became determined to help them reclaim their land. Without this land, cut off from their roots, the Kogi become drifters, “dead people”.
In the words of Eric Julien, enabling the Kogi to preserve their differences is to be enriched by their view of the world, as life originates in the variety of human encounters and not in the rejection of difference.
In 1997 he founded the Tchendukua – Ici et Ailleurs association. In February 1998 a first piece of land of 50 hectares was acquired, a second of 70 hectares in April 1999, a third of 50 hectares in May 2000 and finally a fourth of 60 hectares in December 2000.
Present in France since October 1997, in Switzerland since September 1999 and in Canada since December 2000, the Tchendukua – Ici et Ailleurs association continues to develop projects alongside the Kogi indians.
In April 1999, thanks to the support of Pierre Richard, who both acted in and produced it, a first 52 minute documentary was made (France 3/Fidéline Films/GM Productions – Director: Gilles Combet). This was awarded a prize at the Autrans – Montagne et Aventure International Film Festival.
Through Eric Julien’s story, this documentary allowed viewers to discover the Kogi and to follow them as they reclaimed the first pieces of land restored to them by the Tchendukua association. In November 2000 Pierre Richard became honorary president of the association – his way of realizing his passion for the cause of “first peoples”.
A humanitarian programme
The survival conditions imposed by our modern societies on the last indigenous (native) societies, beyond the tragedies they cause, also result in an irreversible loss of ancestral knowledge.
The land restitution process implemented to aid these distressed communities, especially that of the Kogi Indians, enables them to regain a territory, a precondition for them to keep their culture alive and create their own future.
Safeguarding biodiversity means working with indigenous peoples to develop initiatives to preserve and recreate biodiversity based on their millennia-old knowledge and skills. These small initiatives jointly built up with local populations enable the reconstitution of particularly badly-damaged tropical areas, agroforestry heritage protection and the revaluation of these communities’ knowledge.
Awareness raising actions
The Tchendukua association organizes sustainable development awareness and training campaigns (including conferences, seminars and internships) in France, Europe and Canada. Talks are held in schools and during special events for the general public such as conferences, festivals, etc.
It was with this spirit in mind that the Ecole de la Nature et des Savoirs was started in the Drôme region of France – a centre offering systematic training largely inspired by the working principles of indigenous societies.
- Jacqueline BAC: Management, accounts, administration, donor/member relations
- Edith ANSART: Administration, conferences, donor/member relations
- Madeleine DELLA ROVERE: Administration,donor/member relations
- Eymeric BRUNET-LECOMTE: Management, partnerships, project management
- Muriel FIFILS: Press relations, publications, educational projects
- Eric JULIEN: Founder, Colombia relation, institutional relations
Board of directors
- Jean-Pierre CHOMETON : Chairman
- Marie-Hélène STRAUS : Vice-chairman
- Franck Le PRIOL : Vice-chairman
- René-Charles MILLET : Treasurer
- Edith ANSART : Secretary
- Etienne BOESPFLUG
- Jacques CLERISSI
- François COLOMBO
- Jean-Louis CROUAN
- Philippe BRULOIS
- Florence BULTE
- Didier Hilar
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