Indigenous Peoples

Emberá-Chamí (Colombia)

The Emberá-Chamí belong to the Emberá or Eperá indigenous group. 

They inhabit the pacific and littoral regions ranging from Panamá to Ecuador. They are estimated at 68.000 inhabitants. Emberá-Chamí literally means the Emberá from the mountain. They have preserved their native language, which is closely related to the Arawak, Karib, Chibcha and Wounaan. The Emberá-Chamí consider the craft of weaving an essential medium in order to keep connected to their culture and to preserve their ancestral practices. Their pieces represent the sound of the wind, the mountains, the nature that surrounds them, and are meant to highlight the beauty of the Emberá woman. Each piece has a deep rooted symbolism and a story to tell.