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Even Though they number only round 65,000, just over 1% of the national population, indigenous people play an important role in Costa Rican life. Living in 22 territories, they have always been guardians of much of Costa Rica's natural and cultural riches.

There are many different ethnic groups: Cabécar, Bibrí, Boruca, Teribe, Ngobe, Huetar, Chorotega, and Maleku. Some still use their native language, but many others have lost their native tongue, along with their native dress and house-building techniques. Despite the process of cultural assimilation, many indigenous groups keep their ancestral traditions alive, or are reviving them as a means of reaffirming their cultural identity.

The indigenous people know well the techniques to elaborate crafts and also to give them a symbolic meaning.

Indigenous music is also an expression of spirituality. Indigenous songs and dances can be used to celebrate, to pray for a good harvest or hunt, and are done with the rhythm of drums, ocarinas, flutes, and maracas.

On the Caribbean side of the country, an indigenous community in Yorkín shares traditions that they have inherited from their ancestors.They show visitors how cocoa is processed, from the fruit growing on the tree to the cup of hot chocolate. They show how palm leaves are woven to make thatch to cover their houses. They also share their native Bribri language and worldview.

In the Northern Zone, you can enjoy the daily country life where farming tasks combine with the beauty of the surroudings and a cultural legacy that has been kept alive. Take your time to get to know the real way the Tico is.

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