The Ette Ennaka People, ancestral inhabitants of the Magdalena region, were formerly known as “Chimilas”, part of the “Great Chimila Nation”. According to historians, it runs from the Frio River and the northwest foothills of Sierra Nevada in Santa Marta, to near Mompox and the Zapatosa Swamp, including some areas around the Magdalena, Cesar and Ariguaní rivers.
At its peak, the estimated number of people of the “Great Chimila Nation” was 24,000. During the Conquista and the colonial era, their people were expelled from their land, which reduced their numbers and hampered their self-government.
63.9% of the population lives in the Issa Oristunna Reserve and in other settlements such as Ette Butteriya, Itti Takke and Nara Kajmanta, all located in the Magdalena department in the Caribbean region. The “Sowing Our Knowledge” programme works in the Issa Oristunna Reserve, in the municipality of Sabanas de San Ángel, and in the Nara Kajmanta settlement, at the foothills of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.