The word Wayúu means “person” or “people.” They’re Colombia’s largest indigenous ethnic group. The Wayúu live very traditional lives and are known for vibrantly colored weaving patterns and designs. The Wayúu consider Mareiwa to be one of their most important deities. This goddess symbolizes female protection, and woman have an essential position within this culture. In fact, the clans are matrilineal, with the names and lineages passed down through the mothers. The Wayúu woman plays a fundamental role in culture, as the transmitter of culture and a vital part of Wayúu society.