Colorful masks & stone spheres Will abound in Rey Curré indigenous festivalThe Tico times #Costa_RicaDecember 11, 2019
The moment tourists arrive at a Costa Rican airport, they see artifacts of the Boruca people: elaborately painted balsawood masks hang in the souvenir shops, sculpted like monsters, jaguars, and playful demons.
Travelers stop, lean into the masks, and wonder, Now where did these come from?
But to really understand Boruca heritage, amateur anthropologists should attend the 22nd Indigenous Cultural Festival in in the deeply rural community of Rey Curré.
“The customs, traditions, traditional cuisine, games, crafts, artistic skills, oral tradition, archaeological heritage, [and] natural medicine are part of the different themes showcased at the community during these days of celebration.”
A carved balsa mask hangs among other cultural icons of the Boruca people.
The festival also celebrates the mysterious pre-Columbian spheres that have become a national symbol of Costa Rica.
Note: The drive from San José to Rey Curré takes between three and four hours, and settlement is sparse.
Info: Boruca community website .
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