WAYUU TRIBES

The Wayuu (Wah-You) people is a Native American ethnic group in La Guajira, although they do not like to be called “natives”. The Wayuu people are a talented group of artisans who weave magnificent pieces of art that illustrate unique stories. Unfortunately, the Wayuu people do not receive much financial assistance from the government. Therefore, the people of the Wayuu tribes rely on the sales of their handicrafts in order to provide for their families.

Traditional Wayuu settlements (rancherias) consist of five to six small houses (piichi or miichi), which are made of wooden posts and frame, with mud and clay walls. Inside these houses, hammocks (or chinchorros) are suspended for sleeping and for storing personal belongings. To the Wayuu people, their hammocks are the most valued possessions.

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