Departamento de La Guajira Local Customs

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Departamento de La Guajira Local Customs

  • The Tradition of Wayuu Knitting

    For the Wayuu people knitting, crocheting and weaving is much more than a cultural activity. It is a way to express their creativity, intelligence and wisdom. A practice is carried from generation to generation and they start teaching girls as young as eight how to do it. Mochila is a circular base crochet-knit bag that can be worn sideways. They...

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  • Wayuu - People of the Colombian Desert

    The Wayuu, an indigenous group belonging to the Arawak linguistic family, have inhabited the Guajira Peninsula for centuries. They are successful survivors of the tragic destiny that fell upon most indigenous communities after the arrival of European conquerors to America. The Wayuu are nomadic people who live between Colombia and Venezuela and...

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  • Shrimp Farming

    Local communities are trying to protect mangroves, salt-tolerant evergreen forests found along sheltered coastlines, shallow-water lagoons, estuaries, rivers or deltas. Fishermen and farmers depend on them as a source of wood and food. Mangroves also provide habitats for a number of animals. A wide range of fish and shellfish depends on these...

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  • Trafficking of Venezuelan Gasoline

    The small towns close to the border with Venezuela are teeming with smuggled goods, from cigarettes, brand-name whiskies and stereos to gasoline and cars. Gasoline is the prime merchandise, easily available at every street corner for 35 cent a liter. That's cheap, but still ten times the price of what it costs in Venezuela. Since 2003 the Colombian...

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