Cartagena de Indias, Colombia- MG_6044

A Panorama view of the city skyline.

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The city of CartagenaCartagena de Indias in Spanish  is a port located on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region.  It is the fifth-largest city in Colombia and the second largest in the region, after Barranquilla. The urban area of Cartagena is also the fifth-largest urban area in the country. Economic activities include the maritime and petrochemicals industries, as well as tourism.

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Indigenous Embera Man, Colon, MG_6029

The Emberá people  also known in the historical literature as the Chocó or Katío Indians are an indigenous people of Panama and Colombia.  There are other Indigenous group living in Panama with whom the Embera share cultural similarities.

Both men and women practice body painting with the jagua fruit. Some people cover nearly their full body. Even the lower half of the face covered from a line extending back from the corners of the mouth. Some designs are solid blocks of painting with small patches of skin left open to show contrast. Others are elaborate patterns drawn with delicate lines by artists with the thin tip of a bamboo stick. Each design has its own meaning and each age group and gender are assigned specific ones.

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