Exclusive photos: Inside the Kogi community

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Salt commissioned Colombia-based photographer Bram Ebus to trek into the Sierra Nevada mountains and take up-close shots of the beautiful Kogi people.

For centuries this native American tribe has lived in harmony with the earth – fighting off threats from armed gangs, miners and climate change.

The Kogi treat the Sierra Nevada mountain range as a single system. They practise slash-and-burn agriculture and maintain farms at various altitudes, making long journeys between them on a daily basis. The different crops provide them with a rich and healthy diet.

Their instinctive and sustainable approach to farming and living has meant the community has thrived for many generations.

Kogi children play football.

A house built by the Kogi tribe.

The river: The world’s natural washing machine.

The Poporo: A gourd which contains powdered lime for consuming the coca-leaf.

A Kogi family poses outside their home.

To read our full exclusive story on the extraordinary Kogi community, see the next issue of Salt magazine, out July 1.

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Photo Credit: Bram Ebus

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