Sibundoy (Camsá: Tabanok "village"[3]) is a town and municipality in the Putumayo Department of the Republic of Colombia.

Sibundoy
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Location of the municipality and town of Sibundoy in the Putumayo Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Sibundoy in the Putumayo Department of Colombia
Coordinates: 1°12′12″N 76°55′9″W / 1.20333°N 76.91917°W / 1.20333; -76.91917Coordinates: 1°12′12″N 76°55′9″W / 1.20333°N 76.91917°W / 1.20333; -76.91917
Country Colombia
Department Putumayo Department
Area
 • Total64 km2 (25 sq mi)
Population
 (Census 2018[2])
 • Total14,104
 • Density220/km2 (570/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)

The town existed well before the Spanish came in 1534. The Inca, under Huayna Cápac, conquered the local people in 1492 and established a Quechua-speaking settlement; their descendants are the modern Inga people. Most of the citizens of Sibundoy are indigenous, and wear long, blue and violet ponchos called kapisaius and baitas.

Sibundoy is known for mask carving and other traditional crafts. In the town's park, the trunks of fallen trees are carved with symbols from the mythology of the Inga and Kamsá nations.[4]

One especially important event is the Carnival of the Return of the First People, which is both a fun event and key celebration of local mythology.[5]

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  1. ^ "Municipalities of Colombia". statoids. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2018" (in Spanish). DANE. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  3. ^ O'Brien, Colleen Alena (2018). A Grammatical Description of Kamsá, A Language Isolate of Colombia (PDF).
  4. ^ "Sibundoy". VIVA Travel Guides. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  5. ^ McDowell, John H. "The Sibundoy Valley of Colombia". Folklorist John H. McDowell. Retrieved 21 January 2014.