It is possible to finddifferent definitions of place, from a basic one as “a particular portion ofspace”, to others that go beyond space like the one in the Oxford EnglishDictionary “a particular part of space of defined or undefined extent but ofdefinite situation”, including a definite situation it is possible to talkabout people and things. Also, morecomplex academic definitions from different disciplines that stress in theirparticular interests or areas of work, such as, philosopher, anthologist,geographers, planners, psychologist, that recall in the importance of the interrelationsthat take place in everyday relations of place-making.This particular evolution ofthe concept reflects its complexity.
When we think about a place, is commonto start looking first to a map as a georeferenced reference, then we searchfor a more administrative information, and we can also move forward to an scenariowith multiple interrelated variables, categories, context and agents. In wordsof Mario Sosa Velásquez, he tackles theconcept of place from different dimensions, such as the social, economic,cultural and power relations that take place in a specific location, influencedby history (Velásquez, M., 2012). Thinking of places not onlyas a geographical location is an important step for development studies. Usuallystudies are projected in to a specific location, but recognizing that placesare constructed and influenced by people, the context and history, put a stepforward to be more be aware of the social relation that take place in it. “Tounderstand how a sense of place becomes bound up with a person’s social andindividual identity, we must treat place, not as a stage for social activitybut as a ‘product’ of it” (Turton, D.
, 2005). I will look to this link betweenpeople and places, in the specific case of an indigenous group of Colombia,called the Emebra Katíos del Alto Sinú. Through a foundational myth about theorigin of water, I will stress in the cultural dimension of that community, inorder to try to know more about them, and also to understand how a developmentproject affect their social relations producing place.