Year 2014

The Boruca is an indigenous tribe from the southern Pacific of Costa Rica located amongst the Talamanca mountains. In the indigenous reserve, around 2000 people live in a protected area for their benefit and use of the area’s resources. According to Costa Rican law, the tribes in the reserve have the right to self-govern.

They are well-known for their unique masks painted on balsa wood, which are important in their annual ceremony of the Game of the Little Devils. This ceremony portrays the fight between the devils (the Boruca people) and the Spanish conquistadors. The Boruca culture is based on their faith in the wisdom of the village elders and their legends. The identity of the Boruca reflects a profound respect for the stories told, the nature that surrounds them, and the community they share.


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