As we approach our two year anniversary, we’re happy to have completed all project goals so far! Thank you so much to our donors for your generous support!

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 Fundraising Goals:
  • Supporting Kogi-Wiwa Mamo Senchina and Abu Maria Luisa Nakogui Mojica in fostering Dzhiwatun, a sanctuary and cultural university for Amerindians in Ubaté, Cundinamarca, Colombia. Why Ubaté? During colonization, a Muisca Elder, knowing that his culture and his people would be lost to the Spanish, traveled from what is now known as Cundinamarca, formerly the home of thousands of Muisca and other ethnic groups, to the Sierra and implored a Kogi Mamo to save the teachings of his people. Kogi Mama Aluka committed to traveling from the Sierra to the Andes to help the Muisca and other Amerindian descendants re-member their culture when the time was right. The time is now. Mama Aluka was Abu’s father and his mission fulfills a very important prophecy through Mamo Senchina and Abu Maria: $120,000.00
  • Sierra wide Reforestation and Agricultural Programs: $16,000.00

= $136,000.00 

2019 project goals. All were completed successfully.
  • Build 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. Teyuna Foundation Donors contributed $15,560.00
  • Cultural Events at the Three Temples: Teyuna Foundation Donors contributed $229.00
  • Reclamation of Tres Cerritos, a sacred site on the Linea Negra. Patricia Taylor donated $100,000.00 via Manitou  in cooperation with Teyuna Foundation who handled the legal aspects of the transaction. Teyuna Foundation Donors contributed an additional $5,000.00.
  • Building of a temple in Tekumuke, La Guajira, Colombia for Wiwa, Kogi, Arhuaco and Kankuamo communities. The Tekumuke Temples are also core and central sanctuaries for ancestral practice and spiritual teachings. Teyuna Foundation Donors contributed $2,508.00
  • Rebuild of 20 traditional homes and one female temple for the Kogi of Mamey after fires devastated the community Teyuna Foundation Donors contributed $11.443.00
  • A Zagas Tuma Fund Teyuna Foundation Donors contributed $500.00
  • Funding for Traditional Medical Care and Emergencies Teyuna Foundation Donors contributed $2539.00
  • Partial Funding for Mamo Senchina’s Amerindian Educational Center in the Andes Teyuna Foundation Donors contributed $20,000.00 (approximately $100,000.00 more needed)

= $57,779.00

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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