A Day With the Embera

Less than three weeks ago I was riding in a dug-out canoe on a river in Panama, making my way to this beautiful little village.

It seems more like months ago.  When you come back to work, throwing yourself back into the efforts and concerns of your regular life, special places like this seem so out of reach… so far away… so long ago.

And these photos are the ones I accidentally deleted.  These and so many more.  Last night when our friend brought the camera card back to us, all the “corrupted files” somehow restored, I was grinning from ear to ear!  I marvel at our world.  On the banks of this river, these people enjoy their primitive lifestyle – which they so graciously shared with us that day… and at the same time, there are people who can take a little computer chip and manipulate it like magic.  Thank you to the Embera, and thank you to Jordan!

Gary always does such a beautiful job finding just the right moment for taking a photo.

I just had to share some scenes from this gorgeous day.  The colors couldn’t have been brighter, the fish couldn’t have been more delicious, the hospitality couldn’t have been more genuine.

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6 Responses to “A Day With the Embera”

  1. Marcea Clive says:

    Sandy, is that paint or tattoos on their skin?
    Love all these pics.

  2. Sandy says:

    They told us that the “tattoos” are a dye that lasts about two weeks. Some of the people on our tour were getting tattoos from the Embera. The photo of the older woman in the glorious headscarf and all the necklaces… look closely. She has a very white hand in hers, and she’s dying it. (And no.. it’s not my hand.)

  3. Dona Sellers says:

    Thanks for sharing! No wonder you were upset! The photos are beautiful!!

  4. Brenda Blevins says:

    Sandy and Gary,
    Love reading all your posts, and seeing all the pictures of your adventures. Thanks for sharing them with all of us.

  5. Jane feland says:

    I believe the antithesis between the Embera and the tech that restored the Embera pics from your deleted corrupt file chip, could only be understood by one that believes in a higher power that was a witness to it. Not like the miracles Jesus performed over 2000 years ago, yet no less a miracle from our Lord; letting us see it takes people no matter from where to give is insight to His magestic ways.

  6. Sandy says:

    Thank you all. It’s my sweet privilege to get to share my love for travel with you!

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