joana toro

Nasa: Ancient Warriors.
Location: New York and Bogota
Nationality: Colombian
Biography: Joana Toro Colombian is a self-taught photographer based in both New York City and Bogota, Colombia. Her work explores issues of immigration, human rights and identity and was featured on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian... read on
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Nasa: Ancient Warriors.
Credits: joana toro
Date of Work: 12/31/69 - 12/31/69
Updated: 11/30/18
Location: Cauca Colombia

The Nasa or Páez people, are an indigenous ethnic group, with an estimated population of 70,000 members, who mainly live in the department of Cauca, in the mountainous southwest region of Colombia. This reportage documents the Indigenous Guard, which is conformed of men, women and children armed only with ceremonial sticks, as they confront these powerful armed in the name of their cultural survival as a proud indigenous people. They territory has been a focal point of conflict between guerrilla forces and the Colombian armed forces.

Policías heridos y indígenas muertos han acompañado las marchas del sur de Colombia, en los últimas decadas con participación de por lo menos veinte mil indígenas de diferentes etnias del país. La etnia Nasa lidera  intentos de recuperar las tierras. Esta etnia, radicada en el Cauca, ha librado muchas batallas desde épocas coloniales, siempre con la misma filosofía de lucha. 


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