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Wayuu is an Amerindian ethnic group of the La Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela. They are part of the Maipurean (Arawak) linguistic family.
The Wayuu inhabit the arid La Guajira Peninsula straddling the Venezuela-Colombia border, on the Caribbean Sea coast. Two major rivers flow through this mostly harsh environment; the Rancheria River in Colombia and the El Limon River in Venezuela representing the main source of water, along with artificial ponds designed to hold rain water during the rain season.
According to a 1997 census in Colombia, the Wayuu population numbered approximately 144,003 - representing 20% of Colombia's total Amerindian population and 48% of the population of the Department of La Guajira. The Wayuu occupy a total area of within approximately 10 Indian reservations, 8 of which are located south of the Department (including a very important one called Carraipia).
Luis Angel Arango Library: The Guajira rebellion
Luis Angel Arango Library: The Capuchins mission and the Wayuu Culture
National Natural Parks of Colombia: National natural Park of Macuira/PAGE 13
Taliraai: Music, Gender and Kinship in the Wayuu Culture - Jacqueline Vilchez Faria
Unicef article on community radio keeping Wayuu culture alive in Venezuela
Video of the Wayuu Indigenous People of Colombia
pbs.org article on wayuus
Denver Post article on wayuus
Colombia's national library resume on colombian policies towards amerindian ethnic groups
Brief explanation of the wayunaiiki language
Psicologia del Caribe: Wayuus
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