Natutama eco-education in the Amazon

Anniversary Celebrations in Puerto Narino

April Ist was a very special day for the people of Puerto Nariño in the Colombian Amazon.

The local community got together to celebrate the anniversary of the municipality and the Natütama team were enthusiastic participants in the proceedings and parade.  The anniversary celebrations are always an occasion for the team of eco-educators to tell everyone about the theme for Natütama week in August. Children and adults dressed as the Beru butterfly and the Yacuruna, both important character in the local  Ticuna mythology.

The Yacuruna (from the Quechua language “yaku” = water, “runa” = man) are mythical water people with magical powers often associated with protecting the environment and the creatures that inhabit it.  The  legend has significant cultural and spiritual significance among the indigenous people of the Amazon. They are often depicted in art and folklore, and their stories are passed down from generation to generation.

The Natütama Foundation is based in Puerto Nariño and runs education programmes for local people and visitors about the importance of protecting Amazonian wildlife and habitats.  The team of educators draw on local knowledge, traditions and storytelling as important resources for their environmental education work with the local community.

One of the most bio-diverse places on earth, the Amazon is home to many rare and beautiful creatures including river dolphins and manatees.  The future of people and wildlife is dependent on the ecosystem continuing to thrive and the careful management of natural resources.

Read Natūtama’s full report for 2023 here.



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