Panoramic image of Angel Falls. Photo: Federico Parra/AFP
On Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 11:00 AM ET, the season of Clash of Civilizations begins in Kamrata Valley. Then the highest officials of Sector II Camarata-Canaimo met at the Akanmuta communal house under the leadership of Professor Domingo Eduardo Castro Martínez, its captain general, and a representative of the 16 indigenous community captains. The assembly decided that Creole businessman José Bruno Córdoba “should not enter” that area.
Prohibition was not trivial for the tribals. The area forbidden to Córdoba is the seat for the cosmodrome of the Pemon ethnic group. Kamarata Valley flows south to Ouantepuy, a 700-square-kilometer sacred massif from whose plateau or Tafelberg falls the world’s highest waterfall, the Kerepkupai Vena in the Pemon language, known worldwide as Salto Angel. Along with 979 meters. That lost planet, which is commonly remembered as having inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and other writers, is owned by the Pemon indigenous people with their ancestral laws and, since 1962, protected by Venezuelan environmental regulations known as the Canaima National regulate the park.
The protection placed on Córdoba was also no small matter for him. The experimenter was prevented from accessing his hoard of tourist gold, the Uruen Camp, where he says he spent his life’s savings.
So the Criollo sought protection from the laws of the white people against the natives.
Córdoba chose to defend himself in the ordinary courts of the Bolivar State Judicial District. His lawyers filed an appeal for amparo, arguing that their client’s right to “free movement” had been violated.
The court in Puerto Ordaz, a large urban and industrial center at the confluence of the Orinoco and Caroni rivers, not only ruled in favor of the request. Personally, the judge himself and the secretary of the court, instead of the bailiff -usually in charge of these judicial proceedings-, moved to Canaima (as Canaima is called the tourist camp and city next to the Carao River lagoon, as well as the huge surrounding national park) by air and gave the pledge to local leader Professor Domingo Castro. He had to let Cordoba pass.
The judicial decision did not serve to settle the dispute. In fact, it continued until today, when a site promoted in Venezuela and abroad as an oasis of spiritual peace and harmony, where a “special” energy is “felt”, became the scene of constant friction between two worldviews. Has gone. , Or, at least among the ambitions that are protected under those worldviews.
by Isabella Guerrero
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