When talking about Colombian culture, historically, more attention has been given to the Spanish part of the country’s makeup. Very little is given to the various indigenous cultures who were there before the Spanish ever arrived, despite the fact that there are around 1.5 million indigenous people, from over 87 tribes, that make up about 3.5% of the total population. In an effort to learn more about Colombians – from all places and backgrounds – we are taking a look at seven different indigenous peoples who call Colombia home.
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The Achagua are known as the “people of the river.” There are about 796 Achagua people (as of 2005), found in east-central Colombia and Venezuela. The men live in polygamous marriages, and family lineages are named after animals, such as jaguar, fox, serpent, and bat.