Panama — Embera Indian Village

Of the several dozen native tribes that inhabited Panama when the Spanish arrived, only seven remain. One of these, the Embera, inhabit the jungle of the eastern Panama Province and the Darien. They live in simple thatched huts and make tighty woven baskets from palm fibers along with handicrafts from tagua nuts and the Cocobolo Tree.

To reach one of the Embera Indian villages, we set off in the morning across the Chagres River. Upon our arrival at the village, the natives put on a dance for us. At one point I’m brought on to the dance floor. With any luck, no photos of this exist. Later some of my group receive temporary tattoos painted on by the native women, while I’m able to catch a nice photo of a native girl coming out of her thatched hut.

Photos taken March 2010 (Fuji FinePix S9000).

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