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The Boruca Indigenous Tribe of Costa Rica

With just over 2,000 members, the Boruca Tribe is one of Costa Rica's eight remaining indigenous tribes in the country and are often most...

National Costa Rican Indigenous Day

Within the list of days’ anniversaries in Costa Rica, April 19th, is maybe least interesting day of commemorating, of making remembrance and of celebration....

Boruca masks bring indigenous awareness to San José

The Boruca are an indigenous tribe, many of whom live on a reservation in the Talamanca Mountains.

‘Green Season’ book excerpt: Day of the Devils

The "Juego de los Diablitos," or Little Devils' Game, brings the colorful masks of the Brunca people to life in a violent ceremony re-enacting a rejection of the Spanish conquistadors.

PHOTOS: the Boruca ‘Little Devils’ Game

A shirtless man stands at the top of a gravel dirt road clutching a conch shell in both of his hands. He pushes the spiral shell to his mouth and it emits a deep, trumpeting call. The sound, which marks the beginning of the last day of the traditional Juego de los Diablitos, reverberates through the village

Colorful masks and stone spheres will abound at Rey Curré indigenous festival

The moment tourists arrive at a Costa Rican airport, they see artifacts of the Boruca people: elaborately painted balsawood masks hang in the souvenir shops, sculpted like monsters, jaguars, and playful demons. Travelers stop, lean into those masks, and wonder, Now where did these come from?

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