Indigenous Singing – Cuyuni River / Canto Indígena – Rio Cuyuni

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    Published on Mar 25, 2022
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    Indigenous Singing – Cuyuni River

    Hi friends! The Gran Sabana keeps many secrets, it is a land where indigenous traditions override any other belief, this is closely linked to respect for nature, since this is what provides the community with everything it needs for its subsistence and development. During my visit to the Canaima National Park, I had the opportunity to interact directly with members of the Pemón people, a nation that has occupied these lands ancestrally and that has survived both the Spanish conquest and the advancement of technology and development.

    On my third day of travel we had serious problems with the bus that was taking us, which due to mechanical failures had to go through unscheduled maintenance that would make us lose almost half a day, in view of the situation we began to look for another option that would allowed to cover those hours and it was when they suggested us to take a boat up the river and visit a small beach that was hidden in the jungle. Without hesitation, we accepted and set out to go in search of that new adventure.

    It was about 30 minutes of travel through a river of dark waters that seemed deep and very mighty, the banks were completely covered by the thick jungle that already abounded at that point of the road, when we reached our destination we discovered a small brown sand beach, We arranged our things and immediately went to take a bath, the water was at a very pleasant temperature and the sounds of nature welcomed us. There was a general perception that we were totally alone in that place, among those of us who were there there was also a certain feeling of fear since we thought that some animal could come out at any moment and attack us, but the words of a grandfather and his grandson of the Pemón ethnic group gave us calm and tranquility, in addition the boy would bring us a good amount of clay, which has healing properties and immediately we began to paint our body, between photographs, jokes and splashes in the water we began to enjoy a unique morning .

    Already at the edge of noon we got ready to return, halfway we realized that the grandfather begins to sing a melody in a low voice that sounded very nice, curiosity invaded us and we immediately began to ask him, he told us that that was a traditional song, a Tarén, he sang it for an ailment that was presenting to him at that moment, we insisted that if he could sing us something out loud so that we could get to know up close those verses that have become famous for centuries for being words charged with magic and with healing properties. This is how he would immediately sing a Tarén that is usually sung at the time of the hunt, its main function is to ask the gods of the jungle for their permission to hunt, ask them to provide a good prey and thank him for the favors already conceived. that only with their help and blessing will it be possible to feed the members of the community, it is a very deep tone, which captivated us and at the same time transmitted an energy that we had never experienced.

    It is incredible to think that within our country there are such different cultures, so rich and so ancient, it is great to have the opportunity to meet our unworthy peoples and share their customs and traditions with them. I invite you that if at any time you have the opportunity to get to know these lands, do not hesitate, take your suitcase, a camera and embark on this adventure to the heart of Guayana!

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    Canto Indígena – Rio Cuyuni

    Hola amigos! La Gran Sabana guarda muchos secretos, es una tierra en donde las tradiciones indígenas se sobreponen a cualquier otra creencia, esto va estrechamente ligado por el respeto a la naturaleza, ya que esta es la que le proporciona a la comunidad todo lo que necesita para su subsistencia y desarrollo. En mi paso por el Parque Nacional Canaima tuve la oportunidad de relacionarme de forma directa con miembros del pueblo Pemón, una nación que ancestralmente ha ocupado estas tierras y que han sobrevivido tanto a la conquista española, como al avance de la tecnología y el desarrollo.

    En mi tercer día de viaje tuvimos serios problemas con el autobús que nos trasladaba, el cual por fallas mecánicas tuvo que pasar a un mantenimiento no programado que nos haría perder casi medio día, en vista de la situación se comenzó a buscar otra opción que nos permitiera cubrir esas horas y fue cuando nos proponen tomar un bote rio arriba y conocer una pequeña playa que se encontraba escondida entre la selva. Sin dudarlo aceptamos y nos dispusimos a ir en búsqueda de esa nueva aventura.

    Fueron unos 30 minutos de recorrido por un rio de aguas oscuras que parecía profundo y muy caudaloso, las riberas estaban totalmente cubiertas por la espesa selva que ya abundaba en ese punto del camino, al llegar a nuestro destino descubrimos una pequeña playa de arena marrón, acomodamos nuestras cosas y de inmediato nos fuimos a dar un baño, el agua estaba a una temperatura muy agradable y los sonidos de la naturaleza nos daban la bienvenida. Existía la percepción generalizada de que nos encontrábamos totalmente solos en aquel lugar, entre los que nos encontrábamos allí también había cierta sensación de temor ya que pensábamos que algún animal podía salir en cualquier momento y atacarnos, pero las palabras de un abuelo y su nieto de la etnia Pemón nos brindaron calma y tranquilidad, además el chico nos traería una buena cantidad de arcilla, la cual tiene propiedades curativas y de inmediato comenzamos a pintar nuestro cuerpo, entre fotografías, bromas y chapoteos en el agua comenzamos a disfrutar de una mañana única.

    Ya al borde del medio día nos dispusimos a regresar, a mitad del camino nos percatamos de que el abuelo comienza a entonar en voz baja una melodía que sonaba muy bonita, la curiosidad nos invadió y de inmediato le comenzamos a preguntar, él nos indicó que eso era un canto tradicional, un Tarén, lo entonaba por una dolencia que en ese momento se le estaba presentando, insistimos en que si nos podía cantar algo en voz alta para de eso modo conocer de cerca esos versos que durante siglos se han hecho famosos por ser palabras cargadas de magia y con propiedades sanadoras. Es así como de forma inmediata entonaría un Tarén que usualmente es cantado en el momento de la cacería, su función principal es pedirle a los dioses de la selva su permiso para cazar, pedirles que provean una buena presa y darle gracias por los favores concebidos ya que solo con la ayuda y la bendición de ellos se podrá alimentar a los miembros de la comunidad, es un tono muy profundo, que nos cautivó y al mismo tiempo nos transmitió una energía que jamás habíamos experimentado.

    Es increíble pensar que dentro de nuestro país existen culturas tan distintas, tan ricas y tan ancestrales, es genial tener la oportunidad de conocer a nuestros pueblos indignas y compartir con ellos sus costumbres y tradiciones. Los invito a que si en algún momento tienen la oportunidad de conocer estas tierras no lo duden, toman su maleta, una cámara fotográfica y emprendan esa aventura al corazón de Guayana!

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