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Asociación Teje Teje
Teje Teje [en]
Calle 7 A . 4-40 Apto 403 Rodadero
Santa Marta
Tel.: +57 314-5889042; +57 310 5645115

Acreditado en 2018 (Pedido: English/Spanish) - n° 90368
Reunión decisionaria: 7.GA - 2018

Fecha de creación: 2005

- oral traditions and expressions
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- traditional craftsmanship

Medidas de salvaguardia:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

Principales países de actividad:


Since its creation in 2005, Teje Teje is committed through its field work to the strengthening of the cultural identity and traditional expressions of indigenous peoples and other groups too. Connected concerns for the achievement of this goal are the preservation of the environment, the fostering of sustainable development, and the support to children education and traditional leaders' capacity building. In this manner Teje Teje contributes in the safeguarding of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, the implementation of formal, informal and non-formal education processes.
lt provides services and consultancy for the implementation of projects that include the restauration of values such as solidarity and the respect for human dignity. As a consequence, it cares for the individual and collective cultural growth of the communities as well as for the preservation of the environment. lt fosters resilience in rural areas mostly.
Its work is focused in the restauration of traditional knowledge and production in land production, environmental management, sacred and ritual centers, gastronomy, healing, spirituality, artifact, looking at these various elements of individual and collective life with an holistic approach.
Teje Teje is convinced that social policies are essential for the definition and implementation of its mainly indigenous counterparts’ potentialities. lt draws from priority concerns such as: cultural and environmental conservation, community participation, respect for multiculturalism and equity in all levels of society, private-public cooperation.

Travels around the sacred sites of the Ette Ennaka indigenous population for cultural strengthening (2016- current, Magdalena and Cesar) Beneficiaries: Directly: 10 traditional authorities. Indirectly: 2.238 Ette Ennaka people. Products: 1) Cultural cartography document that includes maps and inventory of sacred sites and medicinal plants. 2) Video, memory of the travels 3) Document that compiles discussions and conclusions on the sacred sites.
Workshops with the Zenu indigenous population on their intangible cultural heritage (2015- 2016, Cordoba and Sucre) Beneficiaries: Directly: 300 people that assisted to the workshops. Indirectly: 187.913 Zenu people. Products: 1) Special Safeguards Plan of the cultural expression: "Weaving of the Cariaflecha in Cordoba and Sucre". 2) Inclusion of the cultural expression in the national intangible cultural heritage list.
Historic, anthropologic and environmental research based on qualitative and quantitative methods (2014- 2015, Magdalena and Cesar) Beneficiaries: 2.238 Ette Ennaka People. Products: Document: Cultural Characterization of territorial affections of the Ette Ennaka People for land restitution process.
Travels around the sacred sites of the Black Line (boundaries of the ancestral Arhuaco, Wiwa, Kogi and Kankuamo territory) with the indigenous shamans for cultural strengthening (2008, 2010, 2014, Magdalena, Cesar Guajira, and Atlantico) Beneficiaries: 341.134 people fron indigenous communities of the 3 departments. Products: Documentary films: "Pagamento: Ritual Territory", "Ritual and Thought" distributed in indigenous schools for culture strengthening.
Compliling of Ette Ennaka's oral tradition on territory and settlement with the elders, for cultural strengthening (2014, Magdalena) Beneficiaries: 2.238 Ette Ennaka People. Products: Recordings as a contribution to the Ette Ennaka’s life plan and to the municipalities inventory on intangible cultural heritage.
Itinerant Exhibition that shows the Ette Ennaka's history of their travels and settlement in ancestral territory (2014, Magdalena) Beneficiaries: 2.238 Ette Ennaka People. Products: 6 photography panels (1x2 Mt).
Construction of the Nara Kajmanta's school kitchen and dining room with a traditional design and economic support for the Ette Taara's (languaje) teacher (2013- 2014, Santa Marta) Beneficiaries: Directly: 60 Ette Ennaka Children. Indirectly: 136 people. Products: Kitchen, dining room, Ette Taara lessons guaranteed.
Recuperation and construction of traditional home orchards (Kaaria) for food sustainability and cultural strengthening (2007 and 2010-2014, Magdalena and Cesar) Beneficiaries: 167 families. Products: 169 Traditional Home Orchards.
Workshops on traditional: weaving, handcrafts, music, dance, ethno medicine and self-government for the Ette Ennaka indigenous communities. (2011 - 2014, Magdalena and Cesar) Beneficiaries: 122 families. Result: recovery of material culture.
Advisory to the women weavers of the following indigenous communities: Wayuu, Arhuaco, Kogi and Kankuamo, on issues such as traditional design, quality and marketing. (2005, Guajira, Cesar, Magdalena). Beneficiaries: 10 women weavers. Result: Recovery of traditional designs and improvement of their income.
March 2, 2014 Hoy Diario del Magdalena (Today Magdalena’s Newspaper, Macondo Sunday Magazine), «Teje Teje Association to the rescue of the Ette Ennaka culture".
December 2014 Iguana Magazine, "Chimila women and children preserve their ancestral culture".
June 30, 2013 Hoy Diario del Magdalena (Today Magdalena’s Newspaper), «Eight years working in the Department of Magdalena. Teje Teje seeks to preserve indigenous cultures".
December 2012 Iguana Magazine, «Compromised with tradition of the Chimila Indigenous population"
December 2009- January 2010 Gesti6n Social Caribe (Caribbean Social Management) Magazine,"Recovery and strengthening of traditional and cultural practices associated to the Ette Ennaka familiar and sustainable food production".

Since 2005 Teje Teje has made alliances with women weavers of the following indigenous peoples communities: Kankuamo in Atanquez, Wayuu in Manaure and Arhuaco in Jimain, aiming to support the preservation of their traditional handcrafts. In addition, Teje Teje promoted the creation of the Ette Ennakas Women Weavers Association in 2009 which today provides indigenous women with incomes to help support their families.
In 2007 and 2010 - 2014 Teje Teje worked in alliance with the Ette Ennakas "Cabildo" (Authorities) in the strengthening of their traditional practices associated to food production, political organization, and cultural heritage around issues such as weaving and handcrafts, music, dance, ethno medicine and self-government, benefitting 145 families. Since early 2016, Teje Teje has worked in association with the Ministry of Culture, with the accredited NGO to the 2003 Convention, Traditions for Tomorrow, and with the Ette Ennaka "cabildo" on a project that aims tore vitalize its cultural identity considering the conservation of sacred sites, knowledge of medicinal plants and the word of the elders.
With the Zenu Indigenous population, Teje Teje is currently working with the indigenous authorities to encourage the creation of a group of people (committee) that will manage cultural heritage based on the Special Safeguards Plan of the cultural expression "Handcrafts as the heart of Zenu Identity".
Fundación Erigaie
Erigaie Foundation [en]
Calle 10 No 3-76.
La Candelaria Centro
Tel.: (571) 2865451

2019 (Informe de actividad: inglés)
Acreditado en 2010 (Pedido: inglés) - n° 90155
Reunión decisionaria: 3.GA - 2010

Fecha de creación: 1991

- social practices, rituals and festive events
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- traditional craftsmanship

Medidas de salvaguardia:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

• Contribute to solving the problems of cultural, social and ecological environments in the
country, through the promotion of integral processes in the student, academic and
community fields.
• Promote and advance scientific and technological research, especially in the
archaeological, architectural, biological, geographical, historical and social areas.
• Provide advice and cooperation in scientific or technological research advanced or
promoted by other persons or entities.
• Disseminate and manage knowledge on cultural heritage, in its archaeological,
architectural, ecological, histroical and social aspects, through written publications,
databases, audio or visual media, exhibitions and lectures open to the public.
• Provide advice and cooperation for the maintenance, preservation, restoration,
building, managing and safeguarding of the intangible and material cultural heritage in its
archaeological, architectural, ecological, natural, historical and social aspects.
With these objectives, the foundation has developed a framework for working towards
the safeguarding of the intangible heritage which is expected to contribute specifically to
the identification, documentation, research, preservation, protection and enhancement of the intangible heritage. Similarly, the efforts to promote solutions to the problems of the
country and the scientific and technological research in various areas have been
expanded to examine these areas from the issue of intangible heritage, serving also to
support its preservation.
Monika Therrien. Director. Anthropologist and Master in History. Professor of the
Master's degree of Cultural Heritage and Territory and of the Specialization in
Conservation of Architectural Heritage. Project manager of the Erigaie Foundation. At
the moment she coordinates research on the impact of the policies of intangible heritage
for the MIA Cultural Heritage Observatory, on industrial heritage with the project 'Fábrica
de Loza Bogotana' and the relation between heritage and tourism in Villa de Leyva.
Germán Ferro. Investigator. He has work with the communities of the Department of
Huila in the development of research projects on cultural heritage in which he involves
the Colombian histrorical and regional context, using the assessment of local cultural
processes as main teaching tool, involving the communities as watchers and managers
of their own resources. Director of projects as "cultural inventory of Huila"; "travel to the
holy places of Huila".
Carlos del Cairo and Catalina García. Researchers. Coordinators of the research area
related to maritime and underwater cultural heritage in which framework have been
carried out projects such as "The Plan for awareness for the protection of underwater
cultural heritage, phases I and", the international Seminar on "Maritime Tierra Bomba"
and memory places in the township of Tierrabomba", focused on working with the
coastal and island communities and the recovery of the fishing traditions of the island.
Alvaro Santoyo and Mónica Hernández. Investigators. Alvaro Santoyo has worked since
1999 in the analysis of what the Colombian elite thinks about the Amazon area, and
since 2003, in issues related to memory, mithology, social organization and education in
Amerinidian societies of Vaupés. Mónica Hernández for her part, has developed projects
on spatial and territorial configuration in the Colombian Pacific. They both work on the
project "MIA (Material, Intangible and Archaeological) Cultural Heritage Observatory, in
the first phase of which they analize the impact of the heritage declarations in the case
of two populations, both, at the community level and the process of formulation of public
policies for these populations.
In developing projects for the protection of cultural heritage, the Foundation has
supported the creation of local NGOs "ALCAESPO" and "Buceadores de la historia de
los cañones (Divers of the history of the cannons)" made up of mothers who are heads
of families and groups of fishermen from the island of Tierra Bomba, for the local
management of the maritime resources of the island. Through the signing of agreements
with these organizations, the Foundation ensures cooperation between the institutional,
the local and the academic sectors for the implementation of initiatives for the study,
protection and dissemination of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in coastal areas and
The development of joint projects with the Terra Firme NGO, formed by researchers
supported by the Erigaie Foundation, has allowed the generation of opportunities for
dissemination of the projects related to the Intangible Cultural Heritage at national and
international levels, by young researchers and professionals working in the field.
The development of the Seminar on Intangible Heritage "management, participation and
action" held in April, 2009, was conceived as a space for theoretical debate, analysis
and work methodologies on the Intangible Cultural Heritage. This is done with the
participation of Colombian and foreign researchers who presented their case studies and
perspectives from which they have been addressed. Additionally, in four days were
presented experiences of managers, public officials and leaders of organizations to
identify and understand local contexts and the problems and challenges faced in the
formulation of public policies and action plans relating to cultural heritage and its
implementation and impact on local and regional authorities.
Through the implementation of valuation and empowerment methodologies of local
cultural resources it has been possible to involve communities from some municipalities
of the Department of Huila, as watchers and managers of the material and intangible
The MIA (Material, Intangible and Archaeological) Cultural Heritage Observatory, has
been formed as a line of research devoted to the study of the discursive construction of
heritage and the production of relevant knowledge to act as a consultative body in the
formulation of public policies related to the indicated topic.