EFEBy Geraldine Garcia Tibu, Colombia

The Bari people, one of the indigenous groups of Colombia's lowland Catatumbo region, gathered over the weekend in this northeastern city to demand their right to live in harmony with nature and preserve their ancestral lands, or "Ishtana."

Hundreds of indigenous men, women and children heeded the call of the "Ñatubaiyibari" Association of Traditional Authorities of the Bari People" and arrived from remote parts of the Catatumbo River basin to make their voices heard.