This paper weaves together several thoughts on a well-known practice among indigenous people at Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Colombia) —Offerings for Earthly mothers and fathers, which are known as «pagamentos» in local Spanish. Drawing on the I´k
u´s case, my central argument outlines the notion that these offerings respond to relatedness schemes, at the bottom of the I´k u´s sociality. To understand the place of those offerings is necessary to explore the role of the I´k u´s shamans (the mam u), since they are in charge of putting social relations in motion, both in the group and between the group and the other beings inhabiting the world. Finally, I emphasize the fact that even when the idea of «paying a debt» is present in the offerings, that idea is transcended in pursuit of higher purposes.
Keywords: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, I´k
u (Arhuacos), Shamanism, Sociality, Indigenous Ethnology, Reciprocity, Gift, Chibchan.