This piece represents Tordua, which translates to the sacred leaf. The Emberā-Chamí are a very spiritual people and they follow the guidance of the Jaibaná, a high-ranking figure that functions as a shaman, but also as mentor and advisor for the society. The Jaibaná knows how to use medicinal and sacred plants to cure ailments and chase away bad spirits. He can communicate with the Jaí, spirits that inhabit the human world, and is in charge of performing various rituals and ceremonies.
The colors have specific meanings to the Emberā-Chamí. White, chïtör, symbolizes peace, light and purity. Red, chipür, symbolizes race and the bloodlines.