Jayariyú Farías Montiel


Jayariyú Farías Montiel was one of the most important voices of the Wayuu community in Venezuela. Jaya, as everyone knew her, graduated with a degree in Social Communication from the Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta, and was co-founder and director of the indigenous newspaper Wayuunaiki. This bilingual publication is printed monthly and is one of the few regular indigenous newspaper that has enjoyed stable, lasting success. The newspaper continues to be published, and it still reflects Jaya's interest in informing the Wayuu community and arijunas alike about the value and the uniqueness of the Wayuu people. Jaya passed away in 2017, but her words still echo in our ears.


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