The name Chorotega comes from a Choltec word that translates as the people who fled. The name results from the migration of the ancestors of the Chorotega native Americans who fled conflicts in their homeland in Mexico to resettle in Costa Rica about 800 A.D.
I did not mean to confuse you by the desert plants in the background of this photo. This photo was taken in Phoenix, not Costa Rica, as we have tropical, not desert, plants in Costa Rica. I took this photo at the house of a friend to whom I had rented our condo in Tamarindo, and when we sent to her house for a party she showed me some of the pottery she purchased in Costa Rica, which I photographed to post on this website. I will have another example tomorrow.