First of all, we apologize for the long silence. Kepi had surgery to take care of his brain tumors. The biggest one was surgically removed, but there are two small ones left behind. It’s another emotional roller coaster for us, and the preparation and surgery after care surgery took most of our time. Anyway, we are back and we hope to get back at updating this website weekly.
After crossing the Panama Canal, we disembarked at Colón. We joined a tour to the Embera tribe’s island village. From our ship, it took us about an hour to reach the shores of Rio Chagres where we took a boat ride bound for Isla Embera.
Although we only spent a few hours here, this experience gave us a snapshot of the Embera tribe’s village, culture, traditions, language and lifestyle. The tribe’s chief explained that the rainforest, the source of their livelihood, have been turned into a National Park and they are no longer allowed to hunt or grow subsistence crops as they used to. He also added that they don’t live like this anymore, their children attend school and a majority of Embera families have relocated to more populated areas for better access to livelihood and education.
Isla Embera exists as their connection to their past and a bridge to their future.