Valuing the Embera Culture
Indigenous youth instil pride in their traditional dancing in Panama
- Indigenous Made Film
Dance is integral to the indigenous Embera culture of Panama. So is the body painting. Migdalys Cunampio works to maintain the spirit of these traditions, so the young women do not lose their identity. She is instilling a pride in their customs to rescue their culture; “Always show you’re Embera.”
Film by Olo Villalaz, Mara Barrigón, Isaac Dogirama and Kenia Saady.
Produced during the youth training workshop in Panama August 2018
Reclaiming and strengthening indigenous culture is vital to maintaining ancestral connections to nature. This must be passed onto future generations by celebrating indigenous traditions. Embera youth are spearheading a cultural revival, after decades of assimilation, through traditional body painting and storytelling. Meanwhile sustainable community forestry initiatives are creating low impact income for communities that rely […]