Werjayá and leader of the Uwa native community
Werjayá and leader of the Uwa native community is the representative elder for the meeting of Symbiosis, for his knowledge on the sacred plant of the coca leaf. Berito has participated in over 90 national and international meetings as ambassador of the first nations and especially of the sacred plant of the coca leaf (Ayo).
He belongs to the Tunebos community – called U’wa in their own language – they are Amerindian people, settled in the Sierra Nevada of Cocuy, in the northeastern Andes, of the Republic of Colombia, in department of Boyacá (61%, 4,695 people), Arauca (13.2%), Norte de Santander (11.5%), Casanare and Santander. Their language is the u’w ajca or tunebo which belongs to the Chibcha linguistic family. The majority of the population lives in the Cubará Border District.
Its economy is based on barter. They are mainly farmers, they also practice fishing, hunting and gathering. In each station and around specific residential environments, they sing their different myths.