Personnel involved with the Tairona Heritage Trust

In Colombia


  Ramon Gil - trained as a spokesman by the Mamas, he features in the film. Of mixed Kogi/Assario parentage.

  Danilo Villafa?e - Arhuaco leader and spokesman for Gonavindua Tairona

  Mama Juan Jacinto - a high standing Mama considered an hereditary chief in the Sierra. It is his photograph on the Home Page.


  Arregoces - a younger Kogi who has periodically held high position in Gonavindua Tairona.

  Amparo Jiminez - a political guerrilla who took advantage of a government amnesty to rejoin Colombian society and work in the area of indigenous rights. She was the Office of Indian Affairs representative in Santa Marta for eleven years, travelling extensively in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and instrumental in helping the Mamas set up Gonavindua Tairona. She is the government representative, referred to in the film, who took Alan Ereira’s message to the Mamas. Amparo died in Bogotá in 1994.


  Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff (1912-1994) - an Austrian emigré to Colombia who became the founding father of Colombian anthropology. He did fieldwork all over Colombia, including the Amazon area, and his special contribution was in the field of shamanism. Together with his wife Alicia, also an anthropologist, he began fieldwork in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in the 1940’s and continued through to the 1970’s. His work was largely published by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), both in English and Spanish, and his ethnographies of the Kogi were the definitive work about them and fundamental to the research of Alan Ereira, Graham Townsley and Felicity Nock when preparing the film. (Prior to his work, Preuss had studied the Kogi at the turn of the century, but for only a short period, for most of which he was ill). Amparo Jiminez was emphatic that it was his work that is responsible for the respect with which the native peoples are currently treated by contemporary anthropologists and government officials.

  Elizabeth Reichel-Dolmatoff, Gerardo’s daughter, is also an anthropologist and expert in Amazonian studies. She has visited the department of anthropology in Lampeter, and is to become an honorary fellow of the college.

  Guillermo Rodriguez - archaeologist/anthropologist who worked on the ‘Lost City’. A helper of the Trust until 1994.

  Martin von Hildebrand - has held various high positions in Colombian government. At one time Head of Indigenous Affairs, he has been instrumental in putting into practise much government policy, and features in the video.

  Margarita Villafane - assistant for many years to Amparo Jiminez, she now heads the Office of Indian Affairs (‘Asuntas Indigenas’) in Santa Marta.

  Milena Tafur - a lawyer, she left Cali because of the stresses involved working close to the drug barons. A grant from the Chiron Trust enabled Tairona Heritage Trust to pay for her to help Margarita Villafane.

  Alvaro Soto headed the Colombian archaeological team that excavated the Lost City and featured in the documentary.

  Andrés Salgado - Colombian journalist based in Bogota who liaised between the Trust and Gonavindua Tairona until 1995.

In Britain

  Alan Ereira - studied Law and History at Queen’s College, Cambridge and then followed a career with the BBC, first in radio and then as a producer/director of TV documentaries. He is the author of ‘The People’s England’ (RKP 1981) and ‘The Invergordon Mutiny’ (RKP 1981). His programme, ‘The Battle of the Somme’ won the 1978 Japan Prize for radio, and in 1988 he received the Royal Television Society’s Best Documentary Series award for the ‘Armada’ trilogy. It was whilst researching in the Caribbean for this trilogy that news of the first illicit finds from the ‘Lost City’ brought the area and the Kogi to his attention. Founder of the Trust. Subsequently, he has set up his own film production company, Sunstone Productions. Trustee.

  Graham Townsley - Canadian born, Cambridge educated anthropologist who did the year’s fieldwork in the Sierra prior to filming. Trustee.

  Felicity Nock - studied anthropology at Edinburgh and was Producer’s Assistant during filming. Trustee.

  Edward Goldsmith - co-founder with Peter Bunyard of ‘The Ecologist’ magazine and brother to the financier, the late Sir James Goldsmith. Trustee.

  Graham Falvey - administrator to the Trust from 1992 to 1998. Left his previous work as an estate manager to read Anthropology and Religious Studies at Lampeter. Graduated 1998 - first class honours.

  Sir James Goldsmith - partly financed the film and later made generous donations through his Goldsmith Foundation. A patron of the Trust until his death in 1997.

  Jonathan Porritt - ‘green’ spokesman and journalist.Patron.

  Leila Luce - American supporter and editor of ‘Tricycle - a Buddhist Review’ in America. Patron.

  Akong Rinpoche - Abbot of Samyéling Tibetan Buddhist Centre, Eskdalemuir, Scottish Borders. Patron.

  Diana Tinson - directs the Chiron Trust which has been the principal financial supporter of the Trust’s activities.


  Nina Reznick - a New York lawyer who met and helped Alan in 1990. She produced an American version of the newsletter, and has found numerous grants and donations for the Trust in the USA.

  Cultural Conservancy - an American organisation which has donated generously to the Trust.