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Zigoneshi, the other journey to the living


"Zigoneshi: I give you, you give me, let's build tomorrow together... ». In order to make this message transmitted by the Kogi Indians during their visit to France in 2012 resonate, the Zigoneshi project proposes to create and sustain for several months, between October 2015 and October 2016, a dialogue between the root societies, including the society of the Kogi Indians (Colombia) and our modern societies. The remoteness of the living and the development of technologies induce profound changes, including changes of scale, rhythms, cultural references, living environments and anchorage, representations, values.

Faced with these developments, the paradigms that underpin the development of our modern societies are being widely questioned, if not challenged. In such a context, we need to explore other possibilities, to open new horizons to shed light on our future, whether in the fields of knowledge, living together, our relationships with living things or shared meaning. 
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.
Because they have always maintained a strong relationship with nature, the Kogis, and the operating principles on which their societies are based, can be a formidable source of inspiration for our modern societies.

A dialogue of emergence and sharing

-• Festival du Grand Bivouac: un grand rendez-vous de lancement in Albertville, Savoie;
- Un " autre voyage ", traversée transatlantique pour ouvrir le dialogue led by navigator Olivier Jehl, from Brittany to the Caribbean coast. On this occasion, Olivier will bring back exceptional pre-Columbian gold objects to these lands where gold is above all a bearer of a spiritual dimension.
- Un colloque/workshop in Toulouse: "Eco-modernity... Towards a thought of metamorphosis
- Ainsi que divers supports médias, documentary film (Camera Lucida), books (Actes Sud) and a website to follow and nourish this dialogue.

The actors of the dialogue

- The association Tchendukua : Created in 1997 by Éric JULIEN, under the patronage of Pierre RICHARD, Edgar MORIN and Jean-Marie PELT, with 6,000 members/donors, the association Tchendukua - Ici et Ailleurs has set up a process for the preservation/reconstruction of biodiversity, based on the know-how and specific knowledge of the community of Kogi Indians in Colombia.
- Les indiens Kogis: Numbering 12,000, the Kogi Indians are the last heirs of the great pre-Columbian societies of the South American continent. Tucked away in the high valleys of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world's highest mountain range by the sea, they try to preserve the balance of the land, of which they consider themselves the guardians.
Acquisition of land, then assistance in settling families, reconstitution of forest cover. To date, more than 1,200 hectares of land have been returned and nearly 60 families, or about 400 people, have been resettled.

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Dialogues on 15, 16 and 17 October 2015

For its 14th edition, the Grand Bivouac, festival des voyages et des découvertes, which has become the unmissable meeting place for "travellers from other countries and the world", will welcome Tchendukua Ici et Ailleurs. A privileged occasion for présenter le projet Zigoneshi, its actors, its stakes, this other journey, towards those that our gaze has always ignored, even denigrated, in the prestigious space of the Dome (700 seats), in Albertville, which was the city of the 1992 Winter Olympic Games.

An opening that will be held in the presence of Olivier JEHL, Philippe FOURNIER (conductor), representatives of the Kogis company and other protagonists of history. It will be an opportunity to repeat the voyage of the Americas, no longer in a spirit of conquest but of dialogue. It is the launch of "autre voyage ".

Ateliers créatifs :
- with Michel PODOLACK and Lorenza LOPEZ
- show with Philippe FOURNIER
- screening of Philippe BRULOIS' film " Gentil CRUZ - Passeur de mémoire " (Gentil CRUZ - Memory Passenger)
- launch of the "new journey", with Olivier JEHL
- workshops from landscape to landscape-wise with Thierry GEFFRAY and Muriel FIFILS... / etc...

The mini deckchair, from September to November 2015

"Taking part in the Mini transat with the message of the "big Kogis brothers" requires total commitment, a message of sharing and harmony in the sporting exploit, a man in the middle of the ocean who connects two tribes by this common language, that's what makes me vibrate. » Olivier Jehl.
On 19 September 2015, Olivier Jehl, skipper of the sailing yacht ZIGONESHI, will set off from Douarnenez in the direction of Point-à-Pitre as part of the twentieth Mini-Transat. Then he will continue his crossing towards the Colombian coast and the port of Santa Marta to meet the Kogi Indians. He will notably return to the Kogi Indians gold objects, scattered throughout the world for more than 30 years.

Crossing the Atlantic, racing and solo on a 6.50m boat carrying a universal message is not insignificant... It was in March 2015 that the Kogis agreed to welcome this "boat", symbol of a new encounter, on the Caribbean side, at the foot of the Sierra Santa Marta. A precious moment, where history opens up to new possibilities. Time has passed, minds have opened up, is dialogue possible?

In 1525, when the Conquistadores landed in Santa Marta and founded the first Spanish city on the South American continent, they were welcomed by the ancestors of the Kogis as brothers. Archives found in Bogotá evoke a text dictated by a cacique which says: "We welcome you as brothers, this is your land, we can live here happily together, you can even take a wife and start a family. »
The response of the Queen of Spain was not long in coming, who ordered the elimination of her "savages" to the diabolical rites. This first "journey" opened a long tunnel of destruction and barbarism, of which the jolts of globalization are only the final avatars.

In 2015, Zigoneshi,  l'autre voyage, this formidable epic, which Olivier Jehl proposes us to embody, during his crossing of the Atlantic Ocean towards the Colombian coasts; no longer to come and destroy but to attempt, at last, the adventure of dialogue.
A dialogue between humans, respectful of the other, a dialogue necessary to open up our representations, and to allow the emergence of the changes that our modernity calls for.

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Thinking of Metamorphosis: Towards the Emergence of Eco-Modernity

"It is not with the habits of thinking, which are at the root of the problems we face today, that we will be able to change them, it will drive us crazy, to do more or better of the same thing while waiting for different results. We have to invent a new way of thinking, if humanity wants to survive. » Albert Einstein.

Organisation of a conference/workshop in Toulouse in April 2016: Over a period of 2.5 days, this conference/workshop aims to contribute to opening up the imagination, exploring possibilities, sketching out the formulation of "concepts" capable of helping to formulate and structure a thought of metamorphosis (understood in the sense of Edgar Morin).
By crossing singular expertises, by questioning paradigms and associated postures, by daring the exploration of new work processes, and by opening up to the views of those whom our modernity calls indigenous peoples.

+ Organization of an evening show "Together for tomorrow", where testimonies, images, of this dialogue of glances will be shared...
At the end of this workshop/colloquium, a white paper will be published which, beyond the main conclusions of the colloquium, will formulate concrete actions/leverages for metamorphosis.
Location : Halle aux Grains - Toulouse (in partnership with the Toulouse town hall)

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Source: ©Association Tchendukua - Ici et Ailleurs 


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