The Participatory Reconstruction of the Musurrunakuna Territory responds to the urge of rebuilding the people’s territory focusing on the 5 elements of the Musurrunakuna’s Life Plan: Territory (which includes environment and economy), Mother Tongue (specifically separated from culture), Health & Traditional Medicine, Social Organization (and Own Rights), Culture and Education.
31st March of 2017, during night time, the river that crosses Mocoa, the capital of Putumayo, at the south of the country, produced a landslide with water, mood, rocks and debris, razing 40% of Mocoa’s neighbourhoods, affecting more tan 2300 families and killing (disappearing) +1000* people, including the settlement of the Musurrunakuna indigenous community
The Colombian governmental entity for land restitution begun the process to grant 69 Ha for the reconstruction of the Musu Runakuna territory in El Pepino, a rural area of Mocoa. The land used to be dedicated to livestock and therefore it has damaged soil. It is located in a secure area, with 7 waterholes still alive and one neighbour declared as natural reservoir. Musu Runakuna families moved to the land by 20th march 2017 to live in a temporal communitarian camp with kitchen, a big tend that acts as Thinking House (also translated as Cabildo’s House or Common House), and 4 dried toilets stations (which worked until the next raining season begun). Joining forces, Musu Runakuna Cabildo and CASA Latina Chapter Colombia are working on the sustainable reconstruction of the community’s settlement.
Today there are 145 members of the community, among the one living there permanently and the others traveling to work to generate income. And finally, by 2021, the land is owned by the community.
Membership & Visitors
- Current members: 161
- Not open to new members
- Rarely open to visitors
We are 43 families, 161 members. Not taking new members for now.