South Pacific Indigenous Culture, the Boruca and Terraba People
The South Pacific of Costa Rica was once inhabited and ruled by indigenous tribes, mostly the Brunca indians, who are nowadays located in the villages of Boruca, Curré and Terraba.
Inspired by the knowledge of centuries of old tradition, 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 sea shells.
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 communities 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 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 include 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, the 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.
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.Continue reading
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 of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is made up of oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge […]Continue reading
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 so far. In 1992 the existence of the El Silencio sphere was recorded for the first time. In 2012, its […]Continue reading
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 the intent of flattering Caesar. The gathering of those fluids is a practice that has passed from generation to generation. […]Continue reading
~ by Susie Atkinson A tradition in Boruca called “La Mura” Black slave trade was common in all the Spanish colonies. Around 1580 – 1600 Africans were imported into Costa Rica, and used as muleteers on the “mule road” from Cartago to Panama. Passing through the indigenous villages of Quepos, Boruca, and Terraba, they were supplied with […]Continue reading