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Wayuu Dances: Yonna

The Yonna or Chichamaya is a Wayuu dance accompanied only by a drum called Kasha. In this dance a female dancer follows a male who dances backwards. If the female manages to make the man fall, another couple then replaces them.

This dance can have many different steps, and they are based on observing nature. Some steps are the ant step, the partridge step, or the scorpion step, among others. The Yonna is danced to celebrate different occasions, such as a bountiful harvest, or to present young Wayuu women into society.

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