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Guambia, Colombia

Guambiano or Misak are an indigenous people of the department of Cauca in Colombia.[1][2] Their language is also known as Guambiano or as one of the Coconucan languages. The majority lives in the western part of the Colombian Andes range (Cordillera). Some people can be also found in Huila Department.

The Misak society is mainly patriarchal and agriculture is the base of their economy. Coffee, cassava, potatoes, beans, cabbage among are the main products cultivated by them.

The Guambiano/ Misak people are known for their traditional clothing: blue scarf (worn as a sarong, rectangular ponchos and hat for the men; black skirt, solid color top, blue scarf and hat for the women.


  1. ^ Gow, D.D. (2008). Countering Development: Indigenous Modernity and the Moral Imagination. Duke University Press. p. 56. ISBN 9780822388807. Retrieved 2015-01-02. 
  2. ^ [The Drama of Life]: Guambiano Life Cycle Customs Judith Branks, Juan B. Sanchez SIL International, 1978 - 107 pages