Maleku to display their native culture

The struggling Maleku native population is putting on an exhibition starting today through Aug. 15 in the Museo de los Niños. The event will include traditional dance.

The Maleku probably are best known for their traditional dance exhibitions for tourists at la Fortuna. The estimated 600 members of the population live on a reserve in Guatuso and make money from crafts and tourism.

Backers, such as some members of Frente Amplio, say they are plagued by unemployment and lack of support from the government.

Like most native groups, they say that their land holdings are threatened by cattle ranchers. The Maleku were a major group when the Spanish arrives and held much of the land in what is now northern Costa Rica

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