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Embera woman, Panama | by Marjan de B
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Embera woman, Panama

The Embera–Wounaan are a group of semi-nomadic Indians in Panama, living in the province of Darien at the shores of the Chucunaque, Sambu, Tuira Rivers and its water ways.


The women wear brightly colored cloth wrapped at the waist as a skirt. Except when in towns, the women do not cover their torsos, and wear long, straight black hair. The children go naked until puberty, and no one wears shoes.


They paint their bodies with a dye made from the berry of a species of genip tree. The black dye is thought to repel insects.


source: wikipedia

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Taken on January 1, 2012