Panchoti Hills Mural

Panchoti Hills Mural

This mural was painted high up in the hills of Santander, near Panchoti village. The kids involved were from an orphanage a few minutes walk from the chosen football pitch site. The site was of extraordinary natural beauty, which reflects in the message chosen for the mural. The mural writes “ Protege Nuestra Madre Monte”, meaning “Protect Our Mother Mountain”. This message was chosen by the children and the message means a lot to the locals who come here. Mother mountain is a mystical figure thought up by the now wiped out indigenous Guane, who resided amongst the hills of Santander and other parts of South America. Any evidence of the Guane still living as they did, ceased in the 1950s. They were thought to have very pale skin, so mixed quickly and easily into western colonisation. The colour of the soil is a red brown, hence all Guane symbols are in this colour and is one of the chosen colours of the mural. The site of this mural is incredible, and even though its far from any street, it gets seen by all the locals for football matches and gatherings. Football being an international sport and a language any child can understand, Im really glad we painted here.

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