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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Wayuu normative system, applied by the Pütchipü’üi (palabrero)
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Location Colombia
Type Intangible cultural heritage
Reference 00435
UNESCO region Latin America and the Caribbean
Inscription history
Inscription 2010 (34th Session)

A pütchipü'ü or pütche'ejachi (Wayuu: messenger of the word; Spanish: palabrero) is the central element in the traditional administration justice system of the wayuu people. The role of a pütchipü'ü is to solve conflicts through mediation and negotiation. This can include conflicts between different members or clans of the wayuu community or with people or organizations outside the Wayuu people. This negotiation includes material compensation to be paid by the aggravating family to the aggrieved family group.

In 2010, this mediation system was recognized by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This indigenous law system has been recognized by governments of Venezuela and Colombia. The pütchipü'ui are organized by the Major Autonomous Board of Palabreros.



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