This fantastic pectoral is called Nepono, which translates to The Sacred Flowers, a representation of the sacred ancestral flowers used by the Shaman or Jaibanā during spiritual rituals and healing ceremonies. The Emberā-Chamí are a very spiritual people, they believe that everything and everyone has a soul, as a result their pieces are highly symbolical.
The patterns always carry a specific meaning, they are an open window into the Emberā-Chamí, history, culture and traditions. The necklace’s first row represent the rivers found in the community’s territory. The tips represent the flowers used by the Jaibanā. The piece is finished with natural stones.
Colors have specific meanings in Emberā-Chamí culture. Yellow, chikuārā, represents light, happiness and immaterial wealth. Green, parā, represents nature and lusciousness. Orange, kukuarā, represents flowers.