The ika, iku, or bintukua –commonly called Arhuacos– are an Amerindian people who speak a language of the Chibcha family, and inhabit the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Colombia). In 2005, 22,134 people were registered, 2 in 2018 34,711.1 who speak their own language.
For the Arhuaca community, the production of tobacco and the coca leaf are part of their tradition. They attribute the coca leaf to the Arhuaco Indians, who have cultivated it since its birth that dates back more than 500 years. However, the community has not stopped cultivating it, and justifies its cultivation as a medicinal plant, a resource to which the community had to appeal to continue planting the coca leaf.