Yaigojé Apaporis is the local name for a one million hectare stretch of the Colombian Amazon forest, the traditional territory of seven indigenous communities. This area was untouched by the industrial world until 2007 when a Canadian gold mining company threatened it. Guided by the elders and using Western technology, the young people documented their culture, petitioned to become a National Park, and received that designation in 2009 so they could protect this remarkably bio-diverse area. This short video describes their strategy, their success and their on-going struggle to safeguard their ancestral lands.


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