Known as De'arua and Wothuha, also spelled Huǫttųją and Wötʰïhä, and De'atʰïhä.
An international foundation dedicated to the preservation of Piaroa culture, traditions and way of life as an aboriginal people of the Amazon and Orinoco watersheds of Colombia and Venezuela. Our foundation works as a mediator and facilitator promoting native cultural values in the interest of creating sustainability to preserve ecosystems in indigenous territories. The principle development is a fund to build and develop an education and training center in the center of ancestral lands and territories.
Who are the Piaroa?
Historically the Piaroa are known as the most peaceful naturally established society (nation or tribe) in South America, they are on the same list as the Amish and the Hutterites who are very well-known for their non-offensive disciplined traditional lifestyles in North America. Locally they are known to other indigenous tribes as the knowledgeable ones or people of the forest.
The Piaroa International Foundation (in formation) is located offshore and under development currently from Colombia because of the economic and political instability in Venezuela since 2014. The foundation is being developed to protect the Piaroa culture, customs and their futures in an uncertain destiny as a people that is under fire and being torn apart by the government and military with dozens of incidents over the past several years resulting in their marginalization and dismantling of their communities and ways of life.
The foundation is being developed to safeguard their resources and to allow them to interact with the international community abroad where they market their art, crafts and sustainable agricultural production as well as promote tourism in the near future.
In 2019 and 2020 the foundation will be introducing agricultural cooperatives that are based in Venezuela protected under international law that will market and sell agricultural products including cacao beans, coffee, cupuacu and products derived from medicinal plants that are grown and harvested sustainably in the Orinoquia. There are currently nine indigenous communities enrolled in the program as of 2018.