The Kogi have determinedly preserved their way of life because they truly believe that this is necessary for the survival of life on earth.
The community has at its core the obligation to support the Mamas, who are much more than its leaders and guides. They believe that the material world is the physical trace of a thought-world sustained in “aluna”. Aluna is not just a spirit-world but the thinking and active life-force. The role of the Mamas is to mediate between the physical world and “aluna”, trying to ensure that dangerous and destructive forces are held in check.
Losing their culture is not an option if life is to go on. And thanks to that belief, the Kogi have preserved a world of ideas that was once shared by all humanity, but which has now been all but lost.