Festival Colombiano and Apaporis

Some photos from this years installment of Colombian delights. This year Maca and Eugenio got roped in to talk about their research. Eugenio described the cloud forests that can contain as many as 2000 species in a five kilometre radius around certain points of the Andes mountains. He also described the grasslands of the llanos.

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Maca talked of the sky islands of the Páramo where 3000 species have diversified in small areas of the high Andes with unparalleled rates of evolution. IMG_5471

Ann talked of the indigenous culture. Eighty different tribes are found within Colombia’s borders.

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Khantara provided the music. Songs from different regions of Colombia.

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Photo: Hon W Yau.

Ximena danced…

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The crowd participated in our human chagra recreation. The creation of the Amazonian indigenous garden involves forest clearing, planting, harvesting and eventually replacement of cultivated plants by those from the original forest so that the area returns to its original state.

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Maca and Maria looked after the Páramo mural

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Lorna (http://www.tagua-designs.com) was busy helping to make jewellery…

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…and later 120 people enjoyed the European premier of Apaporis in RBGE’s new lecture theatre introduced by Director Antonio Dorado and Maca.

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All photos Suzanne Harris except otherwise indicated.

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