The entire South Pacific of Costa Rica was inhabited and ruled by indigenous tribes, mostly indigenous Brunca, who today inhabit the villages of Boruca, Curré and Térraba.
The Boruca are an indigenous tribe of the South Pacific of Costa Rica, located between the mountains of Talamanca, 20 km from the Republic of Panama. It is estimated that around 2,000 people live in the Boruca tribe in an area considered an indigenous reserve, where around 140Km² of land are protected for the benefit and use of them. According to the laws of Costa Rica, the tribes in the reserve, like the boruca, have the right to self-govern.
The boruca (also called brunca, brunka or borunca) are natives of Costa Rica proud of their culture. Their amazing masks of handmade woods are so popular that imitations can be bought through this Central American nation. But the culture of the Boruca is more than a mask. The Boruca culture is based on the faith they have in the wisdom of the elders of the village and the Boruca legends that orally have managed to stay alive for centuries. The identity of the Boruca reflects a deep respect for the stories told, the nature that surrounds them and the community they share.
The masks are important elements in the Dance of the Devils annually held in Boruca and Curré. The dance represents, in the Boruca indigenous culture, the resistance of the “diablitos” (the people of Boruca) against the Spanish conquerors.
Inspired by the knowledge of centuries of tradition, they represent their inherent creative expression through masks carved in balsa wood, and painted with vibrant colors and the weaving of textiles in bright colors. The threads for the material are usually dyed with leaves, roots and extracts of sea shells.
The experience of knowing these indigenous peoples is unique for the tourists who visit them, observing the work of the artists who carve the masks, the women who weave, the theatrical presentation of the traditions, mythologies and history of their indigenous culture is something that is worth knowing.
If you visit the South Pacific of Costa Rica, we recommend that you include in your program a visit to the indigenous communities, we assure you that you will leave very satisfied.
Taken from Ballena Tales & www.boruca.org