Foto: Evelyn Schuler Zea, 2001

Waiwai

  • Other names
  • Where they are How many

    AM, PA, RR2.502 (Siasi/Sesai, 2014)
    Guiana170 (Weparu Alemán, 2006)
  • Linguistic family
    Karíb

Introduction

The indians that call themselves and are known as Waiwai are to be found scattered over large parts of the region of the Guianas. In the main they are members of the Karib language family. The group was constituted through historical processes of exchange and networks of relationships in the region. Within these networks they have traditionally been recognized as specialists in the supply of sophisticated manioc graters, talking parrots and hunting dogs. They are famous to today as great travellers for their expeditions in search of the ‘unseen peoples’ (enîhnî komo).