Quinaroa CC

Upholding ancestral heritage in practicing agriculture, education, and nature preservation
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"Our purpose is to expand ancestral knowledge in the protection, recovery and conservation of the environment."
Christianity, Indigenous
Catholic, Indigenous Cosmovision
Number of Members
Lagunillas, Sucre, Merida, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Joined URI Network

Members of this Cooperation Circle (CC) consider themselves Indigenous people, upholding the heritage of their ancestors, though they have become urbanized over time. They work for the recovery of their Indigenous habits and traditions—the practice of agriculture, education and preservation of nature. Members include farmers, engineers, students and children. Approximately 700 people makeup their community, representing Cosmovision and the Catholic Indigenous. Of their many important activities, members celebrate San Isidro Labrador on May 14th and 15th (San Isidro Labrador Celebration). For this event, they dance with the Saint on the way to the Church in Lagunillas in Zulia State. The Indigenous then join the rest of the community and practice a ritual at the shore of a lake. It is very important for them to share their roots and ancestors; they dream of one day creating a museum to show what the construction of their family homes were like. Members also want to build a Bio-Touristic Garden so that they can show how over-regulation of the Indigenous lands harms the seeding process, affecting sacred plants and typical food. All of their activities take place with the presence of children from neighboring schools, though they plan to extend exposure to all children and adults from around the world.

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