South Pacific Ancient Indigenous Culture, the Boruca and Terraba People
The South Pacific of Costa Rica was once inhabited and ruled by indigenous tribes, mostly the Brunca indigenous people, who are nowadays located in the villages of Boruca, Curré, and Terraba.
Inspired by the knowledge of centuries of an old tradition, the Boruca people represent their inherent very creative expression through masks carved in balsa wood and painted with vibrant colors and the weaving of colorful textiles. The threads for the material are generally dyed with leaves, roots, and extracts from seashells.
The masks are important elements in the annual Diablitos Dance celebrated in Boruca y Curré. The dance represents the resistance of the "Diablitos", representing the Boruca people, against the Spanish conquistadors.
Today indigenous peoples of Costa Rica strive to revitalize their indigenous culture and show it proudly to their community's visitors.
The experience of meeting these indigenous communities is unforgettable for tourists who visit them, observation of the work of the artists who carved masks, women weaving, presentation in the theatrical form of traditions, mythologies, and history of their native culture is something that is worth knowing.
If you visit the South Pacific of Costa Rica, we recommend including in your program a visit to indigenous communities, we assure you will very satisfied.
Sites with stone spheres of Valley Diquis in Osa were declared World Heritage Site and it is here where you can see these expressions of art in a culture who lives in the South Pacific of Costa Rica for thousands of years. Remember to visit Batambal, Grijalba, Stone Park, and or the Museum at Finca 6 which are the world heritage sites.
Find articles about indigenous culture, art, and the artists themselves with an attractive photo gallery, showing their very original crafts.
~ by Susie Atkinson The Boruca Indian history contains some very hard chapters. Through the long duration of the Spanish conquest, they did not give up! The Diquis region (southern border of Costa Ballena) became an important […]
Having traveled the world, Christophe Gstalder always returns to Costa Ballena, a place that has captured his heart. He lived for several years with the Boruca Indians, near Palmar, and maintains close ties with community members.
Saul Morales is a professor of Visual Arts and Communication. He spent considerable time in museums studying pre-Columbian art and in European and African schools. For 4 years he has made transcriptions and analysis of the Brünca language, as well as aesthetic analogies of pre-Columbian art to manifest a contemporary form of art in the different creative branches.
~ by Kurandenk (Kamel González Rojas) “Our goal is to make people aware of our village” Nonkuaxa means “the tail of the spider monkey” and has a spiral as symbol or logo. This group was begun […]
~ by Susie AtkinsonThe Diquís delta, just south of Costa Ballena, is one of the most important deltas of Central America from the biological and cultural perspective. We will discuss the cultural aspect. “Diquís” in the native dialect of the Teribe […]
~ by Kurandenk (Huella del Jaguar / The Jaguar’s footprint)People from Boruca have many beliefs, and the stories, legends, and myths are part of our lives. Among such beliefs, there is the respect for nature. We know […]
The cultural heritage of a nation or region is not solely composed of monuments and museum collections, but also of living intangible expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants. The definition […]
By Susie Atkinson y Ellen HoelThe art of milking of the Murex snail has its origins in the 4th century B.C. Cleopatra used that procedure to dye in purple the sails of her boat with […]
One morning in May, collaborators of the National Museum of Costa Rica, residents of Osa and representatives of the indigenous community of Boruca met at El Silencio Archaeological Site to visit the largest sphere discovered […]
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