The Wayúu Cultural Festival absorbs you with its traditions, legends, customs, and music from this amazing Indian culture.
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Wayúu Culture Festival
The most important cultural event in the department of La Guajira, in the northern part of Colombia, is celebrated every year sometime between the months of May and June. It is known as the Wayúu Culture Festival and lasts a weekend. The site of this important festival is the municipality of Uribia, the largest Wayúu settlement in Colombia.
The Wayúu show the world their enormous cultural wealth through a mix of traditional music, rituals, customs, handicrafts, forums, expeditions, and games, all of which have fostered the preservation of ancestral customs, traditions, and folklore.
The history of the festival began in 1984 with the election of the first Wayúu woman (a Majayut). She decided to make public the essence of their culture through dances, food, games, and traditional medicine and music.
The first festival was held in 1985 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of Uribia. In 2006 the festival was proclaimed cultural heritage of our nation.
The Wayúu Culture Festival offers a wide range of activities to suit any preference:
Wayúu children and young people act out the traditions of the culture:
Contests play an important role in the festival. Typical instruments like the kasha, tariraü, wontoloyaa, and turompa; unpublished stories narrated in chants or verses in décima; traditional dances; and horse races are the main ones.