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How the idea of merging the research and conservation of ITAPOA PROJECT in the CHOCO with the culture of the region, started.

I was introduced to green color of the Chocó and its music during my early years, both captivated me.... Sometimes, we lose our way and explore new paths or forget our roots, but sooner or later, we return. During my years in college, in an Animal Behavior class, I was asked to study the behavior of some primates. It was at a zoo in New York. It was then, when I returned to my childhood and my thoughts became fixed on the sounds, smells, tastes, colors and feelings of the Chocó ... Since then, I have been fighting for the preservation of the natural environment while learning from this region.

Years passed and the silhouettes of the bodies moving to the rhythms of the piano of the jungle increasingly seduced me, realizing that the human expression was the complement to the natural environment. However, these human expressions were not the same as those of my first experiences. Its inhabitants were forgetting its roots, as the forest was losing its trees.

During the development of a photo exhibit of wildlife of the Choco, the idea of linking both, nature and culture, appeared. Thus, the marimba group DIVERSIDAD DEL CHOCO was created, the music connects me even more to environment that I am trying to protect and that is why, I have now formed, DIVERSIDAD DEL CHOCO- Sonidos de la Selva, to link the cultural roots of the people with the protection of their environment. Children are the best place to start. It's simple; one must go hand by hand with the other in order to gain back the identity of the people and connect it to their surroundings through art and love of their land.

Raul Nieto

Diversidad Del Choco - Naturaleza y Arte

Diversidad Del Choco - Naturaleza y Arte

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