conservation and defense of ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE
Conserving the knowledge for the tribe’s future generations
We seek to help young members from the indigenous communities who are really committed with their tradition in becoming the next generations of Elders. By doing this we are helping in the conservation of the ancestral knowledge held by these tribes while making sure that this knowledge will be carried in the best hands possible.
We are supporting masculine and feminine initiates from Gabon in finishing their Bwiti stages to graduate as Nganga. They need a good amount of resources for the graduation itself and all the years of ceremonies and initiations required, but they will be important pillars for the new generation.
We are also supporting financially rites of passage and basic initiation rituals in missoku, mabanji, and muiri for children and young women and men who are becoming adults and are interested in the early stages of the Bwiti.
Every year, we support marakames (Huichol shamans) of the Wixaritari community to continue their tradition and fulfill their pilgrimage to the wirikuta desert where they will harvest the peyote that they will take back home to share with the whole community especially the children and elders who do not have the physical condition to do the pilgrimage in the desert.
Support in infrastructure for temples and houses of thought
Last year ONCA supported with resources and work in rebuilding a Bwiti feminine temple in Gabón. The temple is used for the sacred and secret rites of the Bwiti, including the Iboga initiation.
We also built a Maloka, a ceremonial place, also called “house of thought”, together with the Queta family, Taita David, and grandmother Tntn. The Maloka, located in Dureno Ecuador, ten minutes on boat from the houses of the A’i community, can host up to 25 persons and is now serving as a community-based spiritual center for the Ai-Cofan village.