The Borucan’s, are very proud to have survived the struggles between the native tribes and Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s with their village and sense of identity intact. While many indigenous tribes consider themselves to have been defeated by the Spanish, Boruca demonstrates that a tribe cannot be defeated if its culture is still alive today. Boruca is very much alive and fighting to preserve their identity.
Don Ismael, one of the elders, was the only living person to have been declared a 'cultural patron of the country'. In the early 70's he revived mask carving, as it was a dying art. Don (an esteemed title similar to 'sir') Ismael devoted his life to keeping the cultural heritage of their ancestors alive and also developing a means to generate income for the community.
Boruca is built on faith in the wisdom of elders and the Borucan legends they tell, passed down for centuries. The identity of Boruca reflects a deep respect for the stories told, the nature that surrounds them, and the community they share. Thru their crafts, daily life in Boruca is focused on cultural preservation.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL:
MICHAELYNN VANDIVER (ENGLISH) whats-app +011(506)8757 3612 (COSTA RICA)
and +1(305)753-6390 (USA)
SUSAN ATKINSON (ENGLISH)..+011(506)8381 4369 (COSTA RICA)
OR.... MARINA LAZARO (SPANISH)..+011(506)8704 8179 (BORUCA DE COSTA RICA)
Geri (Friday, 30 April 2021 07:50)
We had a lovely day visiting with the Boruca people. Beautiful beautiful masks. The lunch they served us was delicious. Each of the demonstrations showed the mini talents that they have. Highly recommend this for a day trip.
Brandon Germer (Friday, 20 December 2019 08:46)
Visited the Boruca people today in central Costa Rica today. Easy ~1hr drive from Ojochal, with only the last ~25min requiring 4WD. They showed us how they make color dyes from different leaves in the jungle to make paint and yarn, and of course, MASKS!! We saw different people carving the traditional masks, and walked throughout the village. Such an amazing culture! So so glad we made the journey. We even ended up with two beautiful masks!
Susie (Thursday, 19 December 2019 18:15)
Great heritage cultural art
Susie (Thursday, 02 March 2017 14:00)
The Gallery is rockin', keeping the carvers carving as fast as they can, and the weavers weaving. February sales 51 masks and 41 woven items. Thank you all, and please pass the word about Boruca.
Susie (Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:24)
Boruca Gallery Gift Shop had a fantastic month of February, with sales soaring at 51 masks sold and 41 woven pieces. Our stock changes all the time, as fast as we sell we buy more and more from the village. The carvers cannot keep up. Putting more carvers to work !!!