Embera Necklaces

The Embera people are the third largest indigenous group in Colombia and one of the most socially complex and diverse ethnic groups with five different linguistic dialects of the Embera language.  

The Embera are expert artists when it comes to beadwork.  This curated collection of necklaces are made by a community of Embera Chami Puru living in southern Colombia. They were forced off their ancestral lands in 2005 by armed groups and displaced to the nearest municipality where they lived in extreme poverty and discrimination for 7 years until the UNHCR and a coalition of local NGOs petitioned the government for new lands. This community of 47 families have now resettled in a safer place, with homes and a school.  They are rebuilding their lives and preserving their culture.  Here is a video of their story. 

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