The Bribri

A people with matriarchal patterns

The Bribri, an indigenous people located on the border between North and South America, have preserved their unique culture for centuries, characterized by a deep respect for nature and matriarchal structures. With approximately 35,000 members mainly residing in the forests of the Talamanca region of Costa Rica and Panama, they honor Sibú as their main deity, the creator of all beings and the earth.

In Bribri culture, women play significant roles, including conducting sacred cacao ceremonies and passing down the tribal lineage through the female line. The training to become an Awá, a spiritual guide and healer, begins early for selected boys and lasts for years, with the support of female clan members being essential.

The cacao plant plays a central role in the lives of the Bribri. Regarded as feminine, it is revered in many aspects of daily life, including ritual cleansing brews and ceremonies. Mother Earth provides the Bribri with everything necessary for survival: food, water, materials for shelters, and natural remedies.

The traditional house of the Bribri, the Casa Conica, symbolizes the connection between the three worlds: the earthly, the spiritual, and the world of the dead. Although today most have transitioned to wooden structures, the Casa Conica remains an important part of their culture, embodying community and cohesion.

The Bribri culture continues through its close connection to nature, the strengthening of matriarchal structures, and the preservation of their traditional rituals and customs, which constitute the core of their identity.

Dominga, Talamanca, 2022
Neile, Talamanca, 2022
Stove, Talamanca, 2022
Telma, Talamanca, 2022
Grindstone, Talamanca, 2022
Cacao, Talamanca, 2022
Maxima, Talamanca, 2022
Banana plants, Talamanca, 2022
Melissa, Talamanca, 2022
Casa Conica, Talamanca, 2022
Noel, Talamanca, 2022
Yelena, Talamanca, 2022
Hammock, Talamanca, 2022
Perfecta, Talamanca, 2022
Stilt house, Talamanca, 2022
Sabina, Talamanca, 2022
Natalia, Talamanca, 2022
Natividad, Talamanca, 2022
Louisa and Siri, Talamanca, 2022
Old chair, Talamanca, 2022
Emeida, Talamanca, 2022
Maruja, Talamanca, 2022
Roots, Talamanca, 2022