Zigoneshi: time for dialogue!

These 23, 26, 27 and 28 ctobre 2015, come and find your roots with the Kogi Elders, these Indians who are one of the last pre-Colombian peoples to preserve an ancestral way of life in complete harmony with their environment in the Sierra Nevada (Colombia). Today, this people is threatened by the pressures that our modernity imposes on their lands and their biodiversity.. It is en crossing singular expertises, questioning paradigms and associated postures, daring to explore new work processes, and opening up to the views of those whom our modernity calls indigenous peoples, that the October dialogues, through conferences and performances, will allow the sharing of testimonies and images of a new dialogue.
It is time to establish a dialogue between our modern societies in search of meaning, which are tirelessly destroying natural resources, and their pre-Columbian civilization threatened with extinction. It is urgent to find a balance all together. Our changing times confront us with the urgent need to write a new page in human history, of which the Kogis principles, based on the link to the living, can be a formidable source of inspiration.
"The kogis live in deep harmony with the nature in which they are totally immersed. Their culture is nourished by a high spirituality. For them, ecology and spirituality are one and the same thing... Where we are frantically stirring ourselves up by the religion of progress, the Kogis "think" the world, speak to each other and listen to their wise men, the Mamus, lead with their children an educational process of which we no longer have the slightest idea. We store up knowledge; they learn to know the things of life. »
Jean-Marie PELT

The encounter with "other" ways of thinking about the world and its realities, of which certain root societies are the bearers, can enlighten us and open our eyes to the paradoxes and possible paths of transformation of our modern societies towards sustainable human development. The Kogis, a millennia-old people, have a lot to tell us about our current ambitions: management, cooperation, environment, pedagogy, etc., and thehe Kogis principles, based on the link to the living, can be a formidable source of inspiration for finding a balance.
"In the world of humanitarian aid, it is not uncommon for well-meaning organisations to decide how to 'do good' for certain populations, without really listening to the real wishes and needs of potential beneficiaries. The gap between aid programmes and the aspirations of local populations is sometimes considerable... We must let the other be other and strip ourselves of ourselves in order to reach out to the other, in a spirit of listening and benevolence. »
Matthieu RICARD - Excerpt from his book - Plea for Altruism

Zigoneshi, the other trip

Three Kogis representatives will travel 8000km to come and meet us, engage in dialogue and share with us the teachings of balance, respect and living together from their millennial wisdom, through several conferences and a show. Between October 2015 and October 2016, with the participation of the Kogis, this dialogue will be built through multiple journeys: a journey through dialogue and music, a journey through crossing, a journey through exchange and sharing, a journey of ideas?
On October 23rd at 8.30 pm, in Carquefou, it will be a rare opportunity to take part in an evening of exchange and dialogue with three Indian Kogis, who have come to share with us their age-old wisdom and to help us move towards a more harmonious, more conscious society: a meeting that can open up new avenues for reflection. 
The profits from this evening will be used to buy back and return ancestral lands to the Kogi Indians. By registering you participate directly in the preservation of a thousand-year-old culture.
Reservation (Entrance fee: 20 €)
Location : Théâtre de la Fleuriaye - 30 Boulevard Ampère - 44470 Carquefou
Other Appointments
- Zigoneshi show on October 26th from 7:30pm to 11pm at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris
It is a charity show through a journey through dialogue and music in the presence of three Kogi Indians, in the city of music. Concert by Philippe Fournier, conductor of the Lyon Symphony Orchestra and 8 musicians.
Location: Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris - 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
- ZIGONESHI Conference on October 27th from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm in Lille (59)
Location : Université Catholique de Lille - 60 Boulevard Vauban - 59800 Lille
- ZIGONESHI Conference on 28 October from 8.30 pm to 11 pm in Strasbourg (67)
Location : Cité de la Musique et de la Danse - 1 place Dauphine - 67076 Strasbourg

For more information, contact: b.delcourt[at]tchendukua.com
The project leader: the Tchendukua - Ici et ailleurs association
Since 1997, the association has been bringing together those who wish to preserve a way of life based on respect for nature, others and the search for balance. One of the main objectives of the association is to restore their territories to the Kogi Indians and to preserve their natural environment.
More than 1,200 hectares have been returned to nearly 60 families, or about 400 people. Thus, the community can resettle on arable land, recreate villages, continue its traditions, and ensure the balance of nature, by setting up, with the association, a process of preservation/reconstruction of biodiversity, based on specific know-how and knowledge.
The Kogi Indians
With a population of 12,000 people, rich in 4,000 years of history, the society of the Kogis has kept an intimate relationship with the living, whose principles form the basis of its social and political organization. Tucked away in the high valleys of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a mountainous massif on the edge of the sea, the Kogis try to preserve the balance of the land, of which they consider themselves the guardians.

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