(ORDO NEWS) — After 22 years, the sacred stone of the Pemon people was returned to its original place. The stone was not entirely legally taken from Venezuela in 1998 to Germany, and placed in the capital’s park in Berlin.
But 22 years later, through the efforts of the Pemon indigenous people, volunteers and high-ranking officials of Venezuela, the relic was transported to their homeland. The Venezuelan government spent $1 million on this mission.
During the event associated with the return and installation of the stone in the homeland, in the community of Santa Cruz de Mapauri, local indigenous people of the Pemon people, as well as a number of high-ranking officials and representatives of the people’s power of Venezuela, were present.
Minister of Culture Ernesto Villegas said the return of the Cuec Stone marks a historic milestone in the fight against illicit trafficking in cultural property around the world and testifies to the perseverance and resilience of the indigenous peoples of Venezuela.
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