Wayuu Culture: Rancheria


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June 29th 2017
Published: June 29th 2017
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Last year I went to learn more about the Wayuu´s culture that is typical of La Guajira. I had always wanted to go to Rancheria with Clara, my best friend Wayuu, she took me to her rancheria called Urraichi.

The Wayuu live very far from the city and the roads. Their native language is Wayunaiqui, men are dedicated to shepherd goats and women raise children, find water to prepare food and knit backpacks, hammocks and other stuff to sell to tourists. Their houses are made of mud and wood to take care of the high temperatures of that area. Rancheria is a calm place where you can get away from the noise and stress of the city and get along with nature and appreciate the simple things of life.

Although it is very difficult to survive for them, they are kind and noble people who want to keep going ahead.

I love the accessories that the wayuus knit with their own hands, they know how to combine the colors of the strands and make beautiful designs that represent their culture.


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