Photo: Venezuela to Germany: Give Us Back Our Giant Rock
Venezuela is demanded a German sculpture park give back a 35-ton rock the country’s indigenous Pemon Indians call “Grandmother Kueka”.
The rock sat in Venezuela’s Canaima National Park until 1997 when the Pemon say German artist Wolfgang von Schwarenfeld, along with armed forces, came and took it.
Legend has it that the massive red rock is part of a couple that was turned to stone for an illicit love affair, and should the “grandmother” stone ever be separated from the “grandfather” disaster is sure to strike.
The Pemon believe the pestilence, mudslide, and drought they’ve experienced since the rock’s removal have been caused by the separation.
Von Schwarzenfeld maintains he was given permission to take it back to Germany and says he can prove it with all the paperwork he has.
However, the Venezuelan Institute of Cultural Heritage has convinced the country’s foreign ministry to petition Germany to return the rock.
The mudslide some Pemon believe was caused by the rock’s removal killed roughly 20,000 people.