Tulia's Artisan Gallery Blog

About our logo March 02 2016

Tulia's logo is based on a silk stitch design found in many Wounaan plates, baskets, and bracelets.  In addition to having a stylized "T", "A", and "G" for Tulia's Artisan Gallery, it is fitting since the Wounaan collections are the heart of our business.  In Wounaan culture, this design represents a fish hook used by Wounaan fishermen and is called "sinfiquerca" in the Wounaan language.  Our artisans are in the process of collecting artifacts such as these for a cultural heritage museum that they hope to one day build in Bogota.

 The original homelands of the Wounaan are in the lowland forests and waterways of the pacific coast in the state of Choco.  Some communities are 3 hours away from the nearest town via motor boat.  Our artisans are also busy collecting the oral histories of elders still living in Choco to document the use of these artifacts and their knowledge of medicinal plants. 

 

FishHook Design Wounaan Plate


ALUNA - Tairona Heritage Trust February 01 2016

Tulia's Artisan Gallery donates a portion of each purchase to projects in education and/or cultural preservation in Colombia that empowers indigenous communities.  

In 2015 your purchases helped fund the Tairona Heritage Trust - A project initiated by the Kogi, an indigenous tribe in Colombia, to communicate to the world that we must take care of nature and combat ecocide.  

The Tairona Heritage Trust, a small British-based NGO which, since 1990, has been working on behalf of three indigenous tribes – the Kogi, the Arhuaco and the Assario – living in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. These indigenous groups are the descendants of the Tairona civilization which flourished there at the time of the Spanish Invasion.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest coastal mountain on earth, is an isolated triangular pyramid on a separate tectonic plate as the Andes.  Its unique structure means that it is virtually a miniature version of the Earth, with all the world’s climates represented and in which most of the plants and animals of the planet can find homes.                                                                                     
                                                                                        
The Kogi are at the forefront of global efforts to combat ecocide.  They have taken the initiative to communicate their message to the world via two documentaries produced by Alan Ereira of the BBC, the most recent of which is ALUNA.  The movie is available for rent on youtube or can be viewed on Hulu.

 

Aluna the Movie