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Watch as Colombian and Ecuadorian indigenous are united by their sacred connection with their own territories and desire to preserve their forest.
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Dear <<First Name>>

Check out the documentary about the Cofan people, "A'i: Guardians of the forest," which we just got a copy of! See the Cofan as they see themselves, and hear them tell their story in their own words.

Para ver el documental en español, haz clic aquí.

Follow the story of a visit from an indigenous man from Colombia to the Cofan in Ecuador. For the first time ever, a leader of the Arhuacan people from the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia travels to the tropical jungles of Ecuador to meet his counterparts from the Cofan Nation, A'i.

They are united by their common interest in sharing with each other their sacred connection with their own territories and desire to preserve their forest. He is brought by his curiousity to talk with the Cofan people about their struggle to preserve their territory.

Watch as they visit one of the oil wells in Dureno territory, highlight the conservation activities the Cofan undertake as guardians of the forest, and interview many of the Cofans living in the different communities scattered around the country.

"...but we don't need anyone to come and civilize us. We are a nation because we already have our own language, our way of thinking, and our ways to work and preserve our territory," says Willian Lucitante, recently re-elected vice president of FEINCE.

"When the state created the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve, no one came to find or ask about the people living here," says Victor, who lives in the community of Sinangoé. "We are Cofans. We've lived here for many years but we know how to protect. The settlers have just arrived and now they don't have any forest left. It's all been cleared. But we still have some. In our hearts we know we must protect our forest, our rivers, our animals, everything."

"The reason why we (Cofan Survival Fund) started the park rangers project was because the Cofans were feeling "crowded" and their territories were getting smaller. That's why we created Cofan park rangers to watch over and control Cofan areas," says Felipe Borman, ranger coordinator.

With collaboration from Cofan Survival Fund, FEINCE (the Cofan Federation), and funding from Conservation International, this documentary was produced by Pablo Mora with the Zhigoneshi Collective Group for The Nature Conservancy.

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