Estercilia Simanca


Estercilia Simanca was born in Caicemapa, a Wayuu community on the Colombian side of the Guajira.  She is a writer, an entrepreneur, and a lawyer. As a writer she has been widely recognized, both nationally, and internationally, and she was named one of the best Latin American woman writers of all time by the Spanish newspaper 20 minutos.  She writes mostly short stories, and among them are “El Encierro de una Pequeña Doncella” and “Manifiesta no saber firmar.”  “Manifiesta” inspired a documentary which won an Indigenous Contemporary Biennial Award in 2002.


  • Estercilia Simanca
    I was looking for her, and I love the beautiful girl from Winkua for many reasons. One of them is her name: Jayariyú, or “Jaya” as we call her, which evokes my little sister’s original name, Jayarra....
  • Estercilia Simanca
    No estoy en un proceso de oposición a la refundación de Abya Yala; tampoco es mi intención que de alguna forma interpreten este ensayo como una defensa del colonialismo. Quiero comenzar diciéndoles qu...

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