North of Colombia, a colorful history

Wayuu woman

The journey through deep Colombia is a story of multiple colors, flavors, and nuances. The country of magical realism captures its history and its culture in hundreds of art exhibitions. This art enhances landscapes and, mainly, show the world a part of the wealth that flourishes in our territory.

In the north of our country, in the peninsula of La Guajira, lives a culture that represents his life and daily life with bright colors and complex stylized geometric figures. All this in special respect and reciprocity with nature and the beings that surround it. In La Guajira, over a vast desert area, a history of a hundred years is born and the beginning of a journey through the territory. The life of millions of diverse beings that inhabit the Colombian immensity: the Wayuú community.

Representing about 21% of the country’s indigenous population, the Wayuú community is one of the most representative and numerous indigenous populations of Colombia, where more than half are women. The fundamental part of the Wayuú organization is based on the constitution of clans, according to their cosmogonic principles and the mythology of this community. This natural organization comes in its beginnings by the dispositions of ‘Maleiwa’, the god of the Wayuú, who gave them life, give them the ‘Wayuunaiki’ to communicate, and made the metal with which he would mark them according to his clan.

Women have an important role in the Wayuú community, they are active and independent. They take the organizational reins and lead the way of their clans. They are the strength, public figures, and the face of the politics of the indigenous communities in the north of Colombia.

The artistic practice of the Wayuú community is a continuous development of its social, political and economic complexity. Their art is more than a cultural practice and the heritage of his ancestors, it is the feeling and the greatest desire of their life. In every Wayuú art, there is a number of multiple expressions of a culture that for hundreds of years has been built and preserved a story that will continue to be told.

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