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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 known as Guambiano and is one of the Coconucan languages. The majority lives in the western part of the Colombian Andes range (Cordillera). Some Guambiano can be also found in Huila Department.

The Misak society has a patriarchal kinship system, with hereditary offices, descent lines, and property passing through the male line. Agriculture is the base of their economy. Coffee, cassava, potatoes, beans, and cabbage are among the main products they cultivate.

The Guambiano people are known for their traditional clothing: blue scarf (worn as a sarong), rectangular ponchos, and black bowler hat for the men; black skirt, solid color top, blue scarf, and dark bowler 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 |author=Judith Branks, Juan B. Sanchez |publisher- SIL International|date=1978 |pages= 107