I am an experienced hopa hosca - rapé (tobacco plant) medicine woman and facilitator of sacred plant medicine ceremonies together with Eric van den Hove.
About Muisca (Muyska Chibcha) indigenous people:
Muisca means "people". They are people of the Andean highlands, grandsons and granddaughters of the tobacco plant (wesika hoska), coca (fuhuza) and corn (aba). The Muiscas or Chibchas are an indigenous people who inhabited the Cundiboyacense plateau in Colombia since the 6th century BC.
The Muisca civilization was one of the most advanced in South America. Chibcha society was based on an economy characterized by intensive agriculture, a variety of crafts, and considerable trade. The Muisca were skilled cotton weavers and excellent gold and emerald goldsmiths. They founded the current cities of Santiago de Tunja -the mythical city of Hunza, the main city of all the Chibchas and the main political, administrative, economic and spiritual center- and Bogotá in Colombia.
Guardians of oral tradition, weaving and spiritual gold. Ancient peoples, tribes of sacred offerings to Mother Earth (hicha waià). The Muiscas consider sacred many natural places such as mountains, hills, rocks, lagoons, forests, rivers, trees and water sources, among many others, which they venerate, not only because they consider that some divinity lives there, but also because they believe that there are strategic places for the balance of nature.
For the Muisca indigenous society, plants are animated beings that interact with man. All plants possess various degrees and kinds of energy that give them their power to heal and transform. Coca leaves, yopo seeds, yagé (Ayahuasca) and tobacco (hopa hosca or rapé) are plants of knowledge. The priests, shamans and other adult men of certain groups used them in their religious life, for communication with the supernatural planes, the Gods or the Spirits of the ancestors. They are fundamental plants in the rites of divination, healing of diseases and source of knowledge to make the best decisions for communities and their ecosystems.
The Muisca community settled in the Altiplano Cundiboyacense in Colombia is far from being that pre-Hispanic culture already extinct and synonymous with a pre-colonial past. Although the capital and most populated city of the Republic of Colombia, Bogotá, was raised in a considerable part of its territory, the Muisca never disappeared. At present they are organized around the figure of indigenous councils, most of them recognized by the Colombian state, which since the Constitution of 1991 ceased to be a monocultural state to recognize itself as a multiethnic and multicultural one.
The Muiscas define themselves as a nation in reconstruction and lead processes of territorial and cultural recovery supported by the knowledge of the elders of their community (abuelos) and the orientation of other indigenous peoples such as the Kogi of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Obando Rodríguez, 2018 via Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines).
Medicine woman. Guardian of sacred ceremony space.