Story of Embera Puberty
Puberty custom as rite of passage in Embera Culture
- Indigenous Made Film
Traditional puberty custom has been a rite of passage for young Emberá women but in recent years it is not being practised as often. Young women share their views on the custom and how it ties into their culture and identity.
Film by Ginger Sanchez
From the youth training workshop in Panama August 2018
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