The Wayuu People of Colombia and Venezuela: On the Aphasias: A Critical Study by Sigmund Freud
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The Wayuu people today, number over 400,000 spread over the northern parts of both Colombia and Venezuela, and speak their own language known as Wayuunaiki. They are a society organized into twelve clans, with the associated animal name passed down through the generations. Being a matrilineal society, the mother's bloodline holds the clan name, and women hold high positions in the Wayuu society.
They practice nomadic pastoralism, herding goats and roaming in the arid desert. The large majority of Wayuu people reside on the Guajira peninsula, which occupies the northeastern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela. The Wayuu people are Native Americans. The Spanish neglected the Wayuu because they lived in a seemingly barren and desert area. Thus, European acculturation has overlooked the Wayuu people almost completely. They exhibit a relatively low social density, living on ranches to ensure full use of available resources. They focus their survival, as well as economic status and prestige on goat herding; the amount of goats directly parallels the influence a person has in Wayuu culture.
The Wayuu people bestow great importance on children, because they are the future of the Wayuu culture. In times where food resources are scarce, the adults, and even the elderly will diet or starve themselves to ensure that the Wayuu children get ample nutrition for growth . Being a society with strict gendered lines, the Wayuu isolate girls from boys from a young age. At the time of