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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