Guambiano Indians Luz Dari Tunubala, left, Dario Trochez, 5, and Alfonso Yalanda, clean a trout tank on their fish farm outside Silvia, Cauca Province, Colombia, Monday, Aug. 25, 2003.
Silvia is the center of the Guambiano Indian culture.
The Guambiano Indians, who number about 18,000 and who have retained their own traditions and language, traditionally grow fruits and vegetables and farm trout. Since 1989 some Guambiano Indians, for economic reasons, have started to grow small plots of poppy flowers that are used in the production of heroin.
The town Silvia, which has a population of 5000, is controlled by the government while surrounding mountains are held by the Marxist guerrilla group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ( FARC).
Photo by: Ann Johansson.