Saturday, February 12, 2011

Baruca masks for sale

This is a photo of the sign advertising Boruca masks in front of a store in central Tamarindo. Baruca masks are the primary craft of the Baruca culture of indigenous people in southern Pacific Costa Rica. I will show the actual masks during the next few days.

Tamarindo is in the northern Pacific area of Costa Rica. There is a Baruca reservation, although I have never been to that region of the country. Sadly, there are only about 2,000 members of the tribe, and even sadder, the language is dying. There are only a handful people who are fluent in the native language, and a small number of younger tribal members who understand the language but generally to not speak it.

The loss of indigenous languages is a worldwide phenomena. I am woefully undereducated about foreign languages, like most Americans, but I understand that the loss of language carries with it a loss of culture, as some languages have unique ways of expressing cultural concepts, which is why we borrow some words and concepts from foreign languages.

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6 comments:

Honest Abe Lincoln said...

You never said if they are carved out of wood or made with mache paper. I carved them out of chunks of firewood which is a task and they are much to heavy to wear so they became wall hangings and one was or is as tall as my then baby at about 3 years of age.

I left you a reply to your question about my cousin, President Lincoln under the comment where you left it, but since you seldom come around, and would probably never see it, I also brought it over there to Puerto Rico...

Reply to Dave...

I think he probably would have if he was faced with the same problems and opposition. I don't think he would stand a chance if he was taken out of context or his place in history, with all his oddities, and dropped into this culture. Nope. He wouldn't stand a chance. His wife, would have been a flop as a guest on any talk show too. So, yes, and no.

Sharon said...

I lood forward to seeing the masks. This is a craft I had not heard about in relation to Costa Rica. I'm excited to see some examples.

Jarart said...

I will enjoy seeing some of the masks. Did you get to see them being made?

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

interesting. i am not familiar with these masks

Jack said...

I look forward to seeing the masks in a future post.

SSCH said...

Boruca masks are original from pacific south,Boruca and not from the north or Tamarindo. This indie¡genous community is located next the Terraba River.

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