|The Coca Museum|
|No, that's only cal, a ground stone or shellfish shell, |
which is mixed with coca leaves to bring out their
active ingredients. It's held by museum
It caught my eye because for a long time about the idea of creating a coca museum here, altho mine would also examine the War on Drug's violence and arguments for and against prohibition.
Museum organizer William Morales said the goal is to 'sensitize' people about coca leaves, which have been often demonized. Until a few years ago, the government ran 'anti-drug' campaigns which called the coca bush 'the plant that kills.'
|'Prophecy of La Coca.' The supposed indigenous |
prophet said that the leaf would be a blessing
for indigenous Americans, but a curse for outsiders.
But I'd like to see a permanent Coca Museum somewhere in La Candelaria, close to the hotels and hostels where tourists party with cocaine ignorant about both coca's deep roots in Andean culture and the damage which drug money and the War on Drugs have created across the region. My Coca Museum would include documentary information of the coca leaf's traditional uses, cocaine's origins and uses and the story of drug prohibition: what have been its impacts? Is it good or bad? How can society deal with addiction and its impacts?
(Something about the lighting turned the photos red.)
|Poporos used to grind cal to mix with coca leaves.|
|'Coca leaf isn't white, it isn't black, it is green.'|
|'Coca leaf, from Satanization to Comprehension.'|
|'Coca leaf's health benefits.'|
|' Coca leaves kill hunger.'|
|A coca bush seedling.|
|Brazilian President Evo Morales on coca leaf as food.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours