SANTIAGO DE CALI AND THE FIRST INHABITANTSOnce upon a time, severalcenturies ago, even before the spanish arrived toAmerica, there were some communities that lived in the territory whereSantiago de Cali is located in these days (One of you know how were these people called?)
COMMUNITIES THAT LIVED IN THE PLACE WHERE SANTIAGO DE CALI IS LOCATED IN THESE DAYS Well, in this place we have some native’s groups: Jamundies, Timbas. the Colocos in the middle, and time after, the Paeces, Pijaos and Lilies.
SANTIAGO DE CALI ANDITS FIRST INHABITANTSThis people had a life a little bitdifferent from ours. Theydidn`t have tv, computers,internet, cell phones or evenphones, didn`t have cars orplanes. (So What do youthink they did to have fun?And what did they do to talkWith people who lived far away?How did they do to travel todistant places? NEXT
HOW THEY HAD FUNThey had different ways to have fun, instead of going to the movies, watching tv orconnecting to internet, they used to go fishing, or collecting seeds and threads to make necklaces. Although these people lived in the mountains and away from a river to fish, they did it in somelakes and the BIG RIVER (Cauca´s river) BACK
HOW THEY TALKED WITH PEOPLE FAR AWAY To communicate with other villages they sent a guy with the information, and he had to go by walking. BACK
HOW THEY TRAVELED TO DISTANT PLACESThey never travel as far as today, just short distances and they did it by walking. Remember the horses and cows were brought by the Spanish. BACK
SANTIAGO DE CALI ANDTHE FIRST INHABITANTSAlso they have a different way to communicate, a different language, and have a different diet, they ate different things (Do you know who were the CALIMAS? One of you have an idea of what they ate?) NEXT
THE CALIMASThe native´s groups that lived in these places belong to a biggest family: the CALIMAS. We have a lake that receives that name, and some of us could think that it was because they lived around that lake or at least nearby. But the CALIMAS lived all around the VALLE DEL CAUCA, there were many small communities that belong to that family. And even every community has its own boss, rules, people and territory, they have some characteristics in common. BACK
WHAT THEY ATEThese communities atevegetables and different things they grew. But they also ate meat, but it wasn´t beef or pork, they ate some little animals called theGUATÍN, the GURRE and the GÜAGÜA. BACK
SANTIAGO DE CALI ANDTHE FIRST INHABITANTS Also their life was different from ours because of the waythey built towns. (Some of you know what did this people do to build them? What did they do when they got sick? What did they wear?) NEXT
HOW THEY BUILT THEIR TOWNS Those communities were composed by small villages with 15 to 20 persons. They were mainly located in the sides of the mountain and in the river´s courses. Thevillages were built with houses from 10 to 10, some places more and some other less. They were big, rounded,covered with straw, and there were many small rivers with potable water. BACK
WHAT THEY DIDWHEN THEY GOT SICKAnd when they got sick, they never went to a see a doctor, they went to the Chaman or Mama, (the magician of the tribe) they took a shower with plants and in some times they prepared drinks. BACK
WHAT THEY WOREWell, Men and women put in their noses some gold´s nails that they called CARICURIS.Some of them had the size ofa finger. Sometimes they usedgold´s necklaces. Men used a Little cotton blanket to cover the front and other to the back; Women used cotton blankets to cover below the hips. BACK
THERE IS A LAST AND SHORT STORYThe most numerous communities of the west part of the valley had a main chief named PETE or PETECUY. He lived in a high land and had a house with more than 400 skin´s villagers as walls papers. There were other houses with that kind of trophies but in a lower number; they were neighbor enemies and had a biggest merit the one who had killed more people. The women participated in this fights and if they were defeated, their meat would be the dinner.