Wayuus, the Impossible Matriarchy


The desert, a permeable border, smuggling, tradition and modernity shape the life of the Wayuus, the largest ethnic group in Colombia.

For centuries they have been developing their own laws and costumes in a 15.300 km2 area between Colombia and Venezuela, countries that have become enemies recently. International politics do not affect "the sons of the sun", who make a living out of goats and illegal commerce of oil, groceries and other goods. Neither do state laws prevent them from solving problems their own way, sometimes ending up in killings, paying for the women they marry with and unburying their dead to give them the chance of a peaceful rest. This is the story of an ethnic group that has combine tradition with modernity in a, somehow, successful way (text available in english and spanish by María Pérez-Plá)

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