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Ana Elizondo Maroto of the Boruca Tribe - 

 

Ana Elizondo Maroto is a tribal leader of the Boruca, an Indigenous tribe in the South-Pacific of Costa Rica, estimated to have around 2,000 members living on an Indigenous reserve. They are a self-sustaining farming community whose economy is supported by eco-tourism and their well known artistry, particularly hand-carved masks. Boruca culture is built on faith in the wisdom of Elders and a deep respect for the stories that have been passed down for centuries, for the nature that surrounds them, and the community they share. Today, they still practice traditional medicine and fight to preserve their culture, language, and traditions.