|Indigenous costumes in the Museo de Trajes Regionales.|
But altho Colombia's population is only about one percent indigenous, it has some 80 different indigenous ethnic groups, according to Wikipedia, whose territories cover close to one-third of the country's surface area.
|A traditional loom.|
Impressively, since they are such a tiny minority, a considerable number of Colombia's indigenous peoples have preserved lots their traditions. I've visited the Wayuu people in La Guajira along the Venezuelan border and the colorfully-dressed Guambiano people near the town of Silvia.
|A Chichba weaving.|
|Indigenous youths in traditional clothing walk across |
La Plaza del Periodista in La Candelaria.
|Preparing for the exhibition about the --- people of Peru.|
|A weaving of a woman and an anaconda, |
inspired by a yage-taking session.
The museum's building was once the home of Manuelita Sáenz, revolutionary leader Simon Bolivar's lover and savior. In 1828, the two were together in a building across the street when Bolivar's enemies came to kidnap and kill him. But Saenz managed to warn Bolívar, who escaped thru and window and hid underneath a bridge.
|The museum's atrium has a bust of Manuelita Sáenz, who once lived here.|
|A Wayuu woman.|
The museum charges 3,000 pesos admission.
Find a list of La Candelaria's museums here.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours