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Image by Hunter Brumels
Image by Hunter Brumels


The Guahibo, also known as Sikuani, are an indigenous people inhabiting the plains region of Colombia and Venezuela. Their ancestral territory extends along the Orinoquia, a broad plain that lies east of the Andes.

  • The Guahibo are a nomadic and semi-nomadic people, traditionally dedicated to hunting, fishing and gathering. However, today many of them have settled in communities and are dedicated to agriculture, cattle raising and the production of handicrafts. 

  • The Guahibo culture is strongly linked to nature and their religious beliefs are based on the belief in spirits that inhabit nature, such as the sun, the moon, the wind and the rivers. Music and dance are central elements of Guahibo culture, and their rituals include dances and songs honoring nature spirits. 

  • The Guahibo have faced numerous threats throughout history, including European colonization, armed violence and oil exploitation. Despite this, the Guahibo community has struggled to maintain their culture and way of life, and has developed strategies to adapt to the changes that have occurred in their territory. Today, the Guahibo community continues to face challenges in the struggle to protect their rights and preserve their culture and traditions.

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