Friday, 9 October 2009

Venezuelan Indians and an interesting foundation

The Wayuu are by far the largest native American group in Venezuela. They live mostly in the Northernmost border between Venezuela and Colombia. Their language, the Wayuu language, is part of the large Arawak family which in itself has over 100 languages. Most of what is now Western and central Venezuela was inhabited by otherArawak Indians when the Europeans arrived, thus people somehow related to the Wayuu. Most disappeared or merge to become us. The Wayuu Indians could resist better than others as an independent group. Still, they now live, like many other native American groups, in the most abject poverty.

Here you see a video of Patricia Velásquez, a Venezuelan who has set up a great organization. Her dad was half native American and her mother a Wayuu. Take a look.

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