“These are people who should receive specific attention because each indigenous group has its own history, its own identity and customs.” said Manuel Obregón, minister of Cultura y Juventud. “Over time they have managed to retain a wealth of great cultural value, which should be revealed to the rest of the country.”
During the festival visitors can enjoy these dishes, which are based primarily on banana and corn.
The purpose is to highlight the importance of the culinary legacy and the continuous construction and strengthening of the Boruca native culture. The foods presented have been for years the daily food of the ancestors of the country, said members of the culture ministry.
“We have gladly accepted the invitation sent to us the organizers, not only because we want to know and enjoy part of their traditional food and drinks, but also because this visit is a part of a series of actions that we have opening from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud,” said Obregón.
Obregón will participate in the activities of the 20th festival.
“It is important to note that the Dirección de Cultura, Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, and the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural have been working on a plan of gradual and respectful contact with the indigenous persons of the country, aware of the importance that should be given to its vast and ancient cultural diversity,” he said.
The Festival Yímba Cájc will also feature traditional musicians from the area. Meals and drinks will be sold, and handicrafts, medicinal plants and old photographs will be on display.
The event is organized by the Asociación Integral de Desarrollo Indígena de Rey Curré as well as Oficina Regional de Cultura, which is part of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.
Activities begin Friday at 1 p.m. with cultural and artistic performances by students of the Liceo Rural Yímba Cájc in the Salón Multiuso de Rey Curré.
Saturday will be a communal meeting on diverse subjects in the interest of the inhabitants of the area carried out by community leaders at 10 a.m. in the multi-use room.
Also on this day, the first stone will be the placed for the groundbreaking of the Museo Comunitario de Rey Curré by representatives of the Asociación de Desarrollo Indígena de Curré and of the Departamento de Museos Comunitarios.
This initiative rises to the need for the community to avoid the loss of cultural values,” said Ronald Martínez member of Programa de Museos Regionales y Comunitarios of the national museum.
“It is especially necessary in a community like Rey Curré, which has been characterized by a fight to defend their rights and traditions,” he added.
Rey Curré is on the Interamerican Sur south of Buenos Aires de Puntarenas in southwestern Costa Rica.