Kipara: Traditional Embera Painting

Indigenous youth find their identity through traditional painting custom

Panama

Duration: 6:11


Available in 2 languages


Released: September 2018

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What does body painting mean to the Embera culture? Mara Barrigon, who now works to safeguard her culture, talks about how she found her identity through the ancestral custom. “When I use painting, it´s like being my real self…I realise that I´m a real Emberá. My identity appears.”

Film by Jose Hernandez

From the youth training workshop in Panama August 2018

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