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Efficient Energy

February 15th, 2013

Sheets to the wind and the branches to the charcoal oven is one of the best friends in the kitchen of the wayuu. Its gastronomy is not the same if they used the same range of the alijuna (so tell us who does not belong to his people, because the frichi and based goat acquire a special flavor when they are prepared in the Firebox to incandescent fire produced by coal. To develop the coal family has an oven made expressly for that purpose. His grandparents taught him the best coal is achieved using wood trupillo, a tree that has been as his brother and next to the cardon, has accompanied him throughout the ages. Elders kept his time in memory a valuable teaching: the tree cannot be cut and, if possible, nor the branches, as does a friend damage and can live with him forever in a happy and harmonious relationship.

One of the daily activities is therefore the pick up dry branches in the rancheria and its surroundings and only if These do not reach will proceed to cut the dry branches of old. Which will not happen will never sacrifice the tree that provides shade, company and food for donkeys and goats. With this custom sound, own sustainable development taught in the classrooms of the most prestigious universities, the wayuu people manages to have virtually intact the forest which instead of backward, grows, thanks to a tacit alliance with the donkey and the goat which provides food in exchange for these dripping his seed to the length and breadth of the peninsula. The breeze, air conditioner free in all wayuu culture has a meaning and every thing an explanation. Housing for example, is made with a few materials and a location that seems designed by architects specialized in exploitation of climatic factors.

Materials used, Palm and yotojoro, favor the cool climate in the rooms. But there is an additional element: houses, in their majorities have few walls or none, so the breeze comes until every corner, crosses stay, caresses the face of children, helps ignite the stove in the kitchen or patio, freshens the body of those who work under the unforgiving Sun and be hurry in search of other places where carry his unmistakable sound, its aroma to quiet afternoon and its power to refresh the places where it is called or where it arrives even without that is called. When the wayuu moves to the big city it misses its landscape, its aroma of field, but above all your warm mornings and his fresh afternoons, her small cosy boat and a friend who wanders around the ends of the Earth in a joyful journey that seduce the flowers and makes choir with the guajiro cardinal in the sublime concert of nature. Alejandro Rutto Martinez is a renowned journalist and Colombian writer, linked as a teacher at several Colombian universities. He is author of four books and co-author of three others in which addresses the theme of leadership, ethics, and human development. He is frequently invited as a speaker at conferences, forums, and other academic events.

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