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A Decolonial Philosophy of Indigenous Colombia


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Table of Contents


  • Generalities of Kamëntšá Culture
  • A Philosophical Approach to Kamëntšá Culture

  • Chapter 1 – Time in Kamëntšá Culture

  • Two Conceptions of Time
  • Time as History
    • Sibundoy at the Time of the Early Spanish Conquistadors
    • Carlos Tamabioy’s Legacy in Land Ownership
    • Capuchin Missionaries and the Division of Land in the Sibundoy Valley
  • Time as Primary Experience
    • Storytelling as Constituted Symbol
    • Scholarship on Storytelling as Constituted Symbol
    • Storytelling as Constituting Symbol
  • Conclusion

  • Chapter 2 – Beauty in Kamëntšá Culture

  • Bëtskanté as Constituted Symbol
  • From Bëtsknaté to Clestrinӱë
  • Bëtsknaté as a Constituting Symbol: An Experience of Dancing
  • The Philosophical Significance of Kamëntšá Dancing
  • Conclusion

  • Chapter 3 – Spirit in Kamëntšá Culture

  • Native Doctors and Rituals of Healing: The Constituted Nature of Rituals
  • Scholarly Descriptions of Yajé
  • Yajé ceremonies in Sibundoy: The Constituting Aspects of Yajé
  • Conclusion

  • Conclusion

    About the Author

    Juan Alejandro Chindoy Chindoy is Lecturer in Moral and Political Philosophy at Caldas University, Manizales, Colombia and Lecturer in Philosophy of Law and Hermeneutics at Universidad Católica Luis Amigó, Manizales, Colombia.


    With a decidedly didactic tone and in dialogue with the American philosophical tradition, Chindoy articulates communal history and personal experience to introduce the Western reader to Time, Beauty, and Spirit as living forces in the Kam�nts� culture. It is in the transformative effects of its reading that this concise volume becomes, in the author's words, a beautiful and meaningful conversation. --Enrique Alejandro Basabe, lecturer in foreign languages, Universidad Nacional de La Pampa

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