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Adventures with the Wayuu

Colombia is so fascinating. The desert of La Guajira is impressive to say the least. A time warp to the distant past of indigenous communities. We met incredible people in the Maicao. Slept in hammocks. Washed ourselves with buckets. And learned a bit about their way of life. All in the name of research, travel, and Mochila bags.

Image may contain: sky, cloud, tree, outdoor and natureThe arid landscape of northern Colombia

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and outdoorVillage girl in indigenous clothes.  All the women, young and old wear colorful mumu like dresses.

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Image may contain: sky and outdoorAlso known for their hammock weaving, the Wayuu people have exceptional skills in crochet and color placement.  This is how we slept. 

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Fascinated by how a simple slip knot can hold a human suspended in the air.   All of the Hammocks were held this way.  The more you pull it the tighter it gets.

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In this village there were approximately 20 peacocks.  This is their security system.

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WThe Wayuu kitchen, sink and all.

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Image may contain: one or more people and outdoorA performance by the younger daughters and son of the community.

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Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, people sittingWayuu women crochet while they wait for sales.  The black faced woman is wearing a sort of algae on her face that is like a sunscreen.

 

Image may contain: sky and outdoorWe stayed one night on the beach.  Here's our room with a view and a walk in closet secured with a lock.  This is a beautiful hostel, where we had the best lobster dinner.

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Wayuu Market in Riohacha