As we approach our two year anniversary, we’re happy to have completed all project goals so far! Thank you so much for your support and please see our goals for 2020 (below) and the beautiful thank you gifts for new contributions.

We’re grateful to continue to share the mamos and zagas teachings with hundreds of people and most importantly,.  to inspire deep hope.

You can read about some of our work below. Each project has very interesting general information about the Teyuna as well. Please view and email us if you have any questions or would like to make a tax-deductible donation or use the QR code at the bottom of the page to donate now. Thank you for your interest.

2020 Projects

  • Traditional school for the Teyuna children of La Guajira with operating budget: $26,000.00
  • Formation of Shindwa Sierra Nevada, a sister foundation to the Teyuna Foundation in the Sierra under the authority of Mamos and Zagas: $5,500.00
  • Sierra wide Reforestation and Agricultural Program allowance: $16,000.00
  • Temples and traditional housing and  in La Guajira and Magdelena: $27,000.00
  • Support for community cultural programs: $7,000.00
  • Reclamation of Ati Kuakumuke, an Arhuaco sacred site in Cesar $120,000.00
  • A permanent home for the Teyuna in North America $500,000.00

= $701,526.00 – yes, it’s ambitious, and with your help it is possible.

Projects completed in 2019

  • Rebuild of three temples in Seyamᵾke, La Guajira, Colombia to serve seven communities, 2,418 Kogi and Wiwa people – 300 families including 934 children under 15 years of age. Seyamᵾke is known to Colombians as Dibulla. In the Dᵾmᵾna language, Seyamᵾke means “place where the origins are returned”. The Seyamᵾke Temples are core and central sanctuaries for ancestral practice and spiritual teachings.
  • Reclamation of  Tres Cerritos, a very important site on the linea negra – (sacred site delineation around the Sierra) with 8 hectares of territory that will be re-forested and farmed to sustain the communities the area serves.
  • Rebuild of 20 traditional homes and one female temple for the Kogi of Mamey
  • An administrative office for the community of Seyamᵾke
  • A Zagas Tuma Fund
  • Funding for Traditional Medical Care
  • Funding for Mamo Senchina’s Amerindian Educational Center in the Andes

 = $187,000.00

Projects completed in 2018, our first year

  • Participated in the liberation of sites along the Magdalena and Besotes Rivers.
  • Helped to reclaim 33 sacred sites in the Heart of the World.

Three Temples Project completed in March of 2019
Unguma, mamos temple, Ushuí, zagas temple, and Ukuarraga, community temple

The construction of three temples that serve Yuimᵾke, Seyamᵾke, Bunkuawimᵾke, Shebukumᵾke, Wadziumᵾke, Mulkueise and Ulimaka: 2,418 Kogi and Wiwa people – 300 families including 934 children under 15 years of age, in a region known as Rio Jerez to Colombians and Shinshitʉhkwa to the Indigenous, in the municipality of Dibulla in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, state of La Guajira, Colombia.

You can read the project proposal here.




Kogi Re-Build Project completed in December of 2019
Jose Jesus Sauna of Nuanezhaka
Nuanezhaka in the process of the re-build

The Teyuna Foundation funded the re-building of 20 traditional homes and 1 Nujué (female ceremonial house) for Kogi Nuanezhaka families who lost their homes and temple in recent fires.

Nuanezhaka is one of three Kogi communities located on the north side of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta facing the Caribbean Sea. Colombians know the area as Mamey, in the municipality of Dibulla, Colombia.

You can read the proposal here  or here for a Spanish version.



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