Wayuu indigenous people live in northern Venezuela and Colombia on their ancestral homeland, the Guajira Peninsula.  The Wayuu story is one of resistance. In spite of ongoing contact and pressure from alijuna (non-Wayuu) society for the last 500 years, they have maintained their language, matrilineal descent system and cultural traditions, including livestock herding, a rich weaving tradition, mortuary and coming of age ceremonies, and shamanistic practices.