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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Natives of Totonaca Culture, Costa Maya Mexico, MG_5352

The Totonac people resided in the eastern coastal and mountainous regions of Mexico at the time of the Spanish arrival in 1519. Today they reside in the states of Veracruz, Puebla, and Hidalgo. They are one of the possible builders of the pre-Colombian city of El Tajin, and further maintained quarters in Teotihuacan (a city which they claim to have built). Until the mid-19th century they were the world’s main producers of vanilla.

Looking proud in their colorful attires, those so-called Flying Men prepare themselves to a spectacular show.

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Costa Maya Village Pano, Mexico-MG_5325

Costa Maya is a small tourist region in the municipality of Othon P. Blanco in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico the only state bounded by theCaribbean Sea to its east.  The first western Caribbean port  designed exclusively for the cruise ship industry.  The nearest village from the port is called Mahahual about 2 miles away has soft sand beaches and beautiful and warm blue water.

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