March 26, 2010

OAT Panama: Embera Village

We arrived by dugout canoe to the Embera Village in Chagres National Park and were greeted with a musical performance.  With grace and pride, they told us about their lives, music, dance, rosewood carving,  and basket weaving.  The children attend school in a nearby village and all can read and write in Spanish.  They must go to Panama City if they want to continue their education past 6th grade. This is financially and logistically difficult for the village. 
I was delighted by their weaving and bought a plate and a mask 

The women cooked lunch for us and then danced.
Some tourists brought kites for the children who immediately began trying to fly them.  It took some serious pantomiming to convey that they should be running against the breeze instead of with it.

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