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  • PDF | 243 pages
  • Alan Ereira(Author)
  • Alfred a Knopf; 1 Amer ed edition (Feb. 1992)
  • English
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  • By Bert Ruiz on 27 July 2004

    The Elder Brothers are the last surviving high civilization of pre-conquest America. They live in Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta...the highest coastal mountain in the world...19,000 feet above the sea and only 26 miles inland. The mountains gradually rise from the Caribbean beaches and burning desert at the base to eternal snows at the top. It is the land of the Kogi...the special Indian people who consider themselves the Elder Brothers of humanity.From the start, author/film maker Alan Ereira did not want to make a film about the Kogi...he wanted to make a film with them. His willingness to allow the Kogi to tell their story rather than dictate to them...lead the Elder Brothers to break centuries of suspicion and secrecy. This wonderful book is about how Ereira managed to make his documentary film. The author is careful to explain that the Kogi Elder Brothers offer us a way of understanding our own past. The Elder Brothers believe that they are the guardians to life on earth. The Kogi are not a violent people but like all indigenous people of America who were hospitable...they have learned that hospitality is the most dangerous virtue on earth. Hence, now that they have given Ereira the message...they want to be left alone again.The Kogi have a powerful message...true "words of wisdom" that can help mankind. The Elder Brothers look on us as children, dangerous, irrational and essentially helpless. They call us, the "Younger Brothers." They also see as moral idiots, greedy beyond all understanding. Over and over Ereira informs us that the Kogi speak of us sacking, looting the planet, tearing at is flesh without respect. If we fail to respond...the Elder Brothers say all life will be destroyed.This book will certainly shake your soul. The Kogi are intelligent but an understanding of their world requires profound understanding and deep thought, according to the author. The Kogi are balanced...in harmony with mother nature and hope that we will listen to them and change our ways. They know that the "Younger Brother" has a butterfly mind which has paid no attention to mother nature's teaching. At the beginning the Kogi had a garden of Eden...but it was all destroyed with the arrival of the brutal Spanish conquistadors who sought gold and killed all who did not obey.In order to understand the significance of the Elder Brothers I must borrow the words of one scholar in this marvelous book who documents his comments in the "Journal of Latin American Lore." The scholar states, "I truly believe that the Kogi can greatly contribute to a better understanding and handling of some of our modern dilemmas and that we should consider ourselves fortunate to be contemporaries of a people who perhaps can teach us to achieve a measure of balance...My appeal is to humanists, to psychologists and philosophers, to historians and to the community of international planning experts who, I am afraid, are far removed from the Magna Mater of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta." Highly, highly recommended.Bert Ruiz

  • By Bert Ruiz on 26 July 2004

    The Elder Brothers are the last surviving high civilization of pre-conquest America. They live in Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta...the highest coastal mountain in the world...19,000 feet above the sea and only 26 miles inland. The mountains gradually rise from the Caribbean beaches and burning desert at the base to eternal snows at the top. It is the land of the Kogi...the special Indian people who consider themselves the Elder Brothers of humanity.From the start, author/film maker Alan Ereira did not want to make a film about the Kogi...he wanted to make a film with them. His willingness to allow the Kogi to tell their story rather than dictate to them...lead the Elder Brothers to break centuries of suspicion and secrecy. This wonderful book is about how Ereira managed to make his documentary film. The author is careful to explain that the Kogi Elder Brothers offer us a way of understanding our own past. The Elder Brothers believe that they are the guardians to life on earth. The Kogi are not a violent people but like all indigenous people of America who were hospitable...they have learned that hospitality is the most dangerous virtue on earth. Hence, now that they have given Ereira the message...they want to be left alone again.The Kogi have a powerful message...true "words of wisdom" that can help mankind. The Elder Brothers look on us as children, dangerous, irrational and essentially helpless. They call us, the "Younger Brothers." They also see as moral idiots, greedy beyond all understanding. Over and over Ereira informs us that the Kogi speak of us sacking, looting the planet, tearing at is flesh without respect. If we fail to respond...the Elder Brothers say all life will be destroyed.This book will certainly shake your soul. The Kogi are intelligent but an understanding of their world requires profound understanding and deep thought, according to the author. The Kogi are balanced...in harmony with mother nature and hope that we will listen to them and change our ways. They know that the "Younger Brother" has a butterfly mind which has paid no attention to mother nature's teaching. At the beginning the Kogi had a garden of Eden...but it was all destroyed with the arrival of the brutal Spanish conquistadors who sought gold and killed all who did not obey.In order to understand the significance of the Elder Brothers I must borrow the words of one scholar in this marvelous book who documents his comments in the "Journal of Latin American Lore." The scholar states, "I truly believe that the Kogi can greatly contribute to a better understanding and handling of some of our modern dilemmas and that we should consider ourselves fortunate to be contemporaries of a people who perhaps can teach us to achieve a measure of balance...My appeal is to humanists, to psychologists and philosophers, to historians and to the community of international planning experts who, I am afraid, are far removed from the Magna Mater of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta." Highly, highly recommended.Bert Ruiz

  • By Mr. Stephen Terry on 11 April 2011

    A well-written, compelling story, and an important document detailing the history of the Kogi people. The message they bring is an important one for our times, and will stimulate thought and discussion at a time when we need it most.


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