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Boruca: Cultural Heritage

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 […]

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The Silencio Archeological Site: Curing of a Sphere Sitio arqueológico El Silencio: Curación de una Esfera

The Silencio Archaeological Site: Curing of a Sphere

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 […]

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Saul Morales borucan artist, looking with eyes closed.

Looking with eyes closed

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.

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NonKuaxa

 ~ 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 10 years ago with the intention of telling the pre-Columbian history, beliefs, traditions, stories, legends, and myths of Boruca Indians.  […]

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The Negritos Dance called “La Mura”

 ~ 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 […]

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The Borucans ~ People of survivors

~ 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 gold mining center, which brought raids and warfare with other indigenous groups. Columbus reported that he had found a land rich in […]

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