azul de mata teak demonstration of various dyes
Achiote (orange) Tumeric (yellow) spinning yarn natural cotton grown in Boruca
1-preparing yarn to dye 2- backstrap loom 3-warp for the loom 4- Azul de mata and Tuyska leaves 5- spinning yarn
Snails from the rocks only at low tide blow on the snail excretion first light green then turns to violet
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Our favorite carver, Jose Gonzalez Lazaro, 1- center of first photo on left, 2-with mask in hand and 3-with teddy bear !
The elders (first on left), calling to the warriors, with conch shell and flute.
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Wall Tapestry from 5 different runners
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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 ever have been declared a 'cultural patron of the country'. In the early 70s, 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:
SUSAN ATKINSON (ENGLISH)..011-506-22005428 (COSTA RICA)
OR.... MARINA LAZARO (SPANISH)..011-506-87808648 (BORUCA DE COSTA RICA)