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    The Guajira Indians of Venezuela are the only people allowed to pass "freely" between the Venezuela and Colombia border. They maintain soverienty over a fair portion of the state of Zulia (which borders Colombia). Oil just bubbles out of the ground ALL OVER the area. The Guajira (pronounced gwa-hee-ra) are accorded special status in the national assembly and their laws supercede the Venezuelan laws in their territories. They are a nation within a nation.

    So how did the Guajira keep from getting screwed when all other indigenous populations have been raped and decimated by the Europeans? Simple, the oil had value to the Guajira before the Europeans landed. Apparently it has medicinal values, and is used widely by the Guarjira. Also, the Guajirans have a reputation of ruthlessness, cunning, and propriety.

    My grandfather had an italian friend who was an engineer in the oil fields who was found romancing a Guajiran girl. Instead of killing him, he was "arrested", forced to marry the girl, and kept under watch (not allowed to leave family compound) for many many years. Now he is an old man and is trusted enough by the tribe to be one of their representatives in the national assembly.

    Of interest-(to me at least)Venezuela means little Venice. Christopher Colombus named the country after venturing into lake Maracaibo and seeing a huge metropolis built entirely on the lake. (I mention this because Maracaibo, the capital of Zulia, is the second largest city in the country and Zulia is the oil richest state in the nation) You can visit this former city and see how the people still live. These people were decimated by the Europeans. Unlike the nomadic Guajirans they were an easy target and not nearly as fierce.

    So will the Guajiran's be the target of the next American genocide? They fit all the criteria: not white, indigenous, not fundamentalist christians, they have something we want...

    I don't know all the details of this, since I am not Guajiran, nor am I an anthropologist, my mother is Venezuelan, and I spent a few years growing up there and attending their public schools. Of note, the people of Venezuela have had universal healthcare at least since they expulsed the foreigners. My grandmother was the head nurse of one of the state hospitals and president of the national nursing association. If you go to a public hospital or clinic in Venezuela, you pay nothing no matter what your income.

    There are always two parties; the establishment and the movement. -Emerson

    by coconutjones on Thu Jan 20, 2005 at 06:16:10 AM PST

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