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The Wayuu Peoples

Wayuu (also Wayu, Wayúu, Guajiro, Wahiro) is a Native American ethnic group from the Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela. The Wayuu language is part of the Maipuran (Arawak) language family. The Wayuu have been for centuries in the Guajira Peninsula, and they are considered to be great artisans and merchants, tireless fighters […]

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Who was Cacique Sorocaima?

The Indigenous Sorocaima was a rigid, severe and reserved man, and according to historians’ versions, he was from the tribe of Los Teques. His name means Bird of Colorful Plumage. He was a man of confidence and a lieutenant of the Great Cacique Guaicaipuro, he was formed under the canons of the Spartan school, the […]

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Who was Cacique Guaicaipuro?

Guaicaipuro was a Cacique and warrior chief of Taima origin. He was raised by Cacique Catuche of the Teques tribe. He is one of the most famous Caciques of Venezuela for leading the joint indigenous resistance against the Spanish colonization. Cacique Guaicaipuro was born in Caracas, on 8 December 1530. After being trained as warrior, […]

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Who was Cacique Baruta?

Cacique Baruta was a Mariche, name of a Venezuelan tribe that lived in what today is the area of Filas de Mariche. He was the son of the Great Cacique Guaicaipuro and Urquia. His name comes from the name given by the Mariches to the jabillo. Cacique Baruta is part of the coalition led by […]

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Who was Cacique Tiuna?

Tiuna was born in the tribe of Los Caracas, his childhood was formed under the tutelage of Cacique Catia and was characterized by his great bravery. He exercised power in the Guayabos Valley, currently known as Catia La Mar. His domains extended through the mountains, limiting with the Tuy Valleys, Filas de Mariche and part […]

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Who was Cacique Tamanaco?

Two years after the death of the Great Cacique Guaicaipuro, the Cacique Tamanaco arose as cacique of the Mariches and Quiriquires Indigenous peoples. His mission was to form an alliance between the different Carib Tribes. Cacique Tamanaco led the resistance against the Spanish conquest during most of the XVI century, especially in the central zone […]

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Who was Cacique Guaicamacuto?

Guaicamacuto was an Indigenous Chief that belonged to the tribe of Los Caribes. He was known for being clever, cold-calculating and negotiator with his counterparts and indigenous chiefs. Cacique Guaicamacuto commanded the coast from La Guaira to the East. In 1555, he made history when he peacefully received a mixed-race called Francisco Fajardo. By 1558, […]

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Who was Cacique Naiguata?

The Indigenous Naiguatá was a cacique of the Caribe family. He was tough, strong, romantic and had a great love for seagulls. He exercised his dominions along the coastal area from the Anare River, passing through Chichiriviche, to the coastal region, today known as Puerto La Cruz. The Spanish colonizers -commanded by Captain Rodríguez Suárez- […]

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Who was Cacique Chacao?

Cacique Chacao -member of the Carib tribe- was a Venezuelan Indegenous of the mid-sixteenth century, also known as the American Hercules. He ruled in the Caracas region that today bears his name. The name Chacao derives from Chacau, which means sand. The Tamanacos pronounced it “Ciaccau” and the Caribs, “Saccao.” Chacao was known for his […]

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Who was Cacique Catia?

Cacique Catia was a great strategist and a Piache with great knowledge in the healing arts. He liked to teach young warriors and among them was the immortal Cacique Tiuna. Cacique Catia exercised his command from the row occupied by Los Mariches, following the entire mountain range surrounding Caracas to the coast. The Indigenous Catia […]