Remember her? This is a pic of Anck-Su-Namun from the movie The Mummy Returns played by Patricia Velasquez. The reason I’m posting this is because I was watching the opening episode for this season’s Celebrity Apprentice and Patricia Velasquez is on it. Her charity is the Wayúu Tayá Foundation.
Mission: To help improve the lives of Latin-American indigenous people while maintaining and respecting their traditions, culture and beliefs.
The reason that resonates with me is because of the books that I write. The antagonist in my Drake Eldorado series was bred upon the anvil of Hell so-to-speak. He aims to globalize the world via a plan that has worked on many other worlds. Through centuries of deception, manipulation, and war the global empire is near completion on our world.
Clearly, beyond my writing, the Wayúu Tayá Foundation aims to help preserve the traditions, cultures, and beliefs of the Wayúu, an indigenous group of over 450,000 people, located in the Guajira Peninsula of northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela.
To fight blatant corporatism, product placement, and brainwashing we must preserve our past. And that is just what the Wayúu Tayá Foundation is doing – preserving the past.
The Peruhai and some of the other native tribes as described in the second Drake Eldorado book, Agenda, didn’t have a foundation to help them preserve their way of life. Many of them were raped, enslaved, killed, seduced by alcoholism and drugs or taken by suicide just like many natives have been in real life. The encroachment of modern man has not been just a benefit; such as with medicine. It has also been a nightmare of temptation and greed brought about by corporate ideology. The old ways have been attacked, made fun of, and trounced upon as “old fashioned”. That’s real marketing at work to make the past seem irrelevant to what should be believed and purchased today. This recipe for disaster continues across the world.
Anyway it’s a worthy cause. The Wayúu Tayá Foundation is something that can help natives reclaim and preserve their identity in a world that is spinning so fast that it all has become a blur.
Check them out!