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Goajiro Pitek, Emily
The Goajiro traditionally occupied the Guajira Peninsula, which is divided by the Colombia-Venezuela border. The Goajiro live in autonomous clan-based settlements, which are led by male elders. Religious beliefs are present, but "the Guajiro are little inclined to religious practices. They do not appeal to their divinities directly, and their rites few" (Perrin, Abate, Beierle, and Doyon, 2012). Shamans are present, and are closely connected to the supernatural realm through contact with their protector spirits. Shamans play a role as healers, ritual leaders, and protectors of the community's well-being. This entry focuses on the Goajiro living on the Guajira Peninsula around the time of 1947.
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