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Danilo layan



Stories  natives  by Bribri grandmothers

transmission project  of  bribri stories and experiences . 

Time before the arrival of Columbus in America... After the 'third wave', the 'second wave', the 'first wave' of feminism... Before the Catholic Church and the strongly patriarchal patterns of the populations of European settlers descended on Latin America... Before people often unknowingly attributed the origins of 'feminism' to white women in the Western world, the Bribri Peoples of modern Costa Rica lived through a matriarchal legacy and tradition which continues continuously, to this day.

Doña Natalia Gabb, one of the Bribri grandmothers who continues to maintain her roots and the legacy of her ancestors, lives in the community of Amubri, Costa Rica, and is currently the promoter  of the project of narrations of the indigenous stories to the new generations. When asked about the Bribri matriarchal way of life and what it represents for the rest of the world, and especially for the new generations in the Bribri population to follow this traditional way of life, he recounted:


“We are the essence of a superior being, we have to teach what we know about life and how we got to where we are because  SIBÖ {God} entrusted him to us with pride, with dignity. We must strive to build valuable ways of being for society. The energy of Mother Earth is the force that grows in our spirit and with the wisdom of our ancestors and our own, we will be able to endure in a world of constant change”

The main purpose of the project is to promote ancestral knowledge in indigenous families,  which was constituted as a starting point for an accessible and safe process inviting to share the taste for maintaining the culture, feelings of pleasure, expression of positive relationships; also promote family experiences that will survive throughout life.


Children and adults who attend the Úsure "Bribri Temple" must learn to take advantage of the teachings of the stories told by grandmothers and elders transmitted orally, therefore we see the need and importance of creating spaces for exchange  of knowledge where boys and girls and their families can have contact with ancestral wisdom, listen to their stories, freely express their questions about what they learn. Consequently, this space will become a center where teaching and knowledge dissemination activities are promoted.

Ueshke Ueshke.


Donation for indigenous development projects in the common areas of Talamanca


Bribris rituals

La jala de piedra

The objective of this Project that began eight years ago through Ditsöwö ú-LODGE through Danilo Layan. The objective is to seek the union of two peoples that are the Bribris and the Cabecares, by reactivating an almost extinct tradition, such as the Jala de la Piedra "Ák Kuè".

The Stone Jala consists of transferring a stone from the interior of the mountain to a specific site in the community, normally the transfers are made from the Bribri native farms to the destination to which the ceremony is dedicated that year. The clan of families as far as the stone reaches, will say that the stone has various representations, one represents the metaphor of 'Pa Blu', a historical Bribri character. In addition, the stone will serve as an instrument to grind its  grains such as coffee, corn or cocoa.

From the vision of Justo Abelino Torres Layan, bikakla and Awá (spiritual leader in charge of guiding the ceremony and spirits through sacred songs) of the Bribri indigenous community of Talamanca, the ceremony represents celebrating Pablo Presbere's struggle and preserving his culture. “It is a tradition with a deep spiritual meaning that teaches that teamwork works, both here and in our private lives.”

Mishka! Mishka!

"Ak Kue"

The stone jala (Ák - Kuè) is an event where the Bribri - Cabécar community remembers when they were nomads and carried the stone (kewa kuwe) where corn and cocoa are ground. This was the work tool that Sibö (God) inherited, which also helps to unite the community.

"We are not responsible for emotions, but we are responsible for what we do with them"