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
Communities need ownership over their ancestral land in order to protect forests. With no formal land title traditional communities often face serious conflict when trying to evict illegal loggers, poachers and land grabbers. Who will believe their claims without precise maps and legal title deeds?