Hands of the Rainforest
The Emberá People of PanamaBook - 2009
A follow-up to the IRA Notable Book Hands of the Maya: Villagers at Work and Play examines how the Emberá people of Panama teach their children to use every aspect of the tropical rain forest to meet their daily food and supply needs and disseminate their cultural traditions to new generations.
The Emberá people of Panama use their hands to turn the gifts of the tropical rain forest into meals and essential daily supplies. Emberá children quickly follow in the steps of their parents. They learn to fish for crabs and carve a canoe from wood. Nothing is wasted in the rain forest--leaves are used to make baskets, the juice of the jagua fruit is applied as a mosquito repellent, and the river provides fresh water for bathing. Through firsthand experience, children are introduced to the lifestyle and traditions of the Emberá culture.
Introduces the family life and culture of the Embera Indians of Central America, describing how they fish and gather food, make baskets, carve wood to create dugout canoes, build houses, and enjoy storytelling and dancing.