Boruca annual cultural festival is this Saturday in Rey Curré

The Festival Cultural Indígena Curré / Yimba 2013 takes place Saturday in southwest Costa Rica. This is the 21st annual edition.

The goal of the Boruca residents is to expose the public to their culture and traditions, said the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, which is a sponsor.

On display at the Rey Curré communal hall will be art, music, foods, traditional drinks and traditional medicine, said an announcement. Visitors will have a chance to tour a pre-Columbian cemetery and a Boruca archaeological site, it said.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the communal hall is 32 kilometers south of Buenos Aires de Puntarenas,

Among other expositions will be a demonstration of the  Juego de los Diablitos, the symbolic fight between the native peoples and the invading Spanish.  Residents from the communities of Alto Boruca, Térraba, Salitre and Cavagra, as well as Rey Curré, will be participating.

The Boruca, of course, are the residents with pre-Columbian ancestors who are famous for their masks. Visitors will get a chance to participate in creating a mask, said the announcement.

The Museo Nacional also is a sponsor, as is the Asociación Integral de Desarrollo Indígena de Rey Curré.

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