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Declaration About
Cultural Appropriation
World Ayahuasca Conference - June 2019
Declaration by the
indigenous peoples and
nations of the amazon basin
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Healing Brigade in Yurayaco community

Healing Brigade in Yurayaco community

UMIYAC’s Spiritual Healing Brigade in Siona Territory

UMIYAC’s Spiritual Healing Brigade in Siona Territory for the Indigenous Guard

Congress Umiyac Mocoa

Declaration about cultural appropriation from the spiritual authorities, representatives and indigenous organizations of the amazon region

To: Academics, researchers, NGOs, humanitarian and development agencies, the United Nations, the World Intellectual Property Organization (OMPI), students, workers and the international civil society. We are the original people that

UMIYAC at the World Ayahuasca Conference, Girona, Cataluña.

UMIYAC took part in the World Ayahuasca Conference in Girona, Cataluña, as members of the indigenous delegation. DECLARATION BY THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND NATIONS OF THE AMAZON BASIN 2019 World

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Parliament of the World’s Religions. Canada

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Article by UMIYAC on chacruna.net

"Blind ambition for business and money foments bad practices and feeds the commerce of sacred medicine... Bad practices of yagé medicine offend the curaca grandfathers and cause serious problems such

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36th Session of the Human Rights Council, General Assembly

Item 8 Follow up to the Viena Declaration and Action Program  (VIDEO) Mr. president, As Indigenous medicine women and men from the Colombian Amazon we have a statement concerning our

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Congress Umiyac Mocoa

UMIYAC Congress, Mocoa, Putumayo, March, 2017

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We are an indigenous organization representing traditional healers of five ethnic groups from the Colombian Amazon Rainforest.


Territory, Autonomy, Culture and Ancestral Medicine

Our mission is to defend and preserve the Amazon rainforest, to protect our political autonomy, our cultures and our ancestral and spiritual knowledge and practices.

As traditional healers we are committed to the spiritual and corporal wellbeing of any woman and man in our communities.

We strive to preserve and revitalize traditional knowledge of sacred plants and to make sure this patrimony is passed on to the younger generations.

Through our spiritual practices we strive to create a sustainable and harmonized ecosystem where all life forms can coexist within mother nature.



In accordance with Convention 169 of the ILO and the Declaration of the United Nations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of 2007, we exercise our right to care for the health of our communities  true to our knowledge and our ancestral medical traditions.




The Union of Indigenous Yagé Medics of the Colombia Amazon is an indigenous organization and a network of spiritual authorities. The UMIYAC was created in 1999 with the support of international cooperation by traditional healers of five indigenous groups: Siona, Cofán, Inga, Coreguaje and Kamëntšá,. Our mission is the protection of traditional knowledge and ancestral medical practices, the defense of the Amazon rainforest, the revitalization of our cultural practices and the construction of our political autonomy, also called self-government.