UPDATED JAN 2011 WITH NEW IMAGES!
Andy and I had the rare opportunity to take photos of the Mamos de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (note: an indigenous tribe from the mountainous region of Sierra Nevada). The Mamos don't normally allow people to photograph them because of their spiritual beliefs. This particular family fled to the region of Antioquia to escape persecution from the FARC (guerillas). We drove deep into the mountains to meet with the family, and when we arrived the smell of roasted tobacco and burning herbs permeated the crisp air. Andy and I took time to get acquainted before asking if we could photograph them. I even had a chance to play some guitar with the head chief before taking Josca with the family (Josca is powdered tobacco mixed with other plants that when inhaled is supposed to cleans the mind of bad thoughts)
Pictures after the break...
First, we would like to give a GIGANTIC thank you to Veronica and Vicky!!!!!! Without those two amazing women, this unbelievable afternoon would never have taken place!!!!!
Here are some of the results of our once in a lifetime afternoon, let us know what you think!!!!!!