The Kogi survived the attacks of the Spanish conquerors by retreating high up into the mountainous area of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, where they faded from sight. Even today they resist any direct interaction with the modern world.
They see themselves as caretakers of nature, and the Sierra as a microcosm of the planet. Since the 1970s they have become very concerned about changes in the flora, fauna and temperature of their territory which signal a global crisis.
As a result, they took the opportunity of helping Alan Ereira make a film with them, to send a warning to the modern world. They speak of the people of the western world as their ‘Younger Brothers’, whose culture is ignorant and irresponsible. They seek to help us, in order to protect life on earth.
After the film was made, the Kogi returned to their work in isolation and asked outsiders not to come to their land. As time went on and environmental changes continued, they decided that a second film was needed and they asked Alan Ereira to return.