In this village hidden in the jungle, an Embera community lives with the bare necessities. It’s Saturday afternoon. The children are playing in the town square, all by themselves. No adults around.
It is true that there seems to be fews dangers: no roads, no cars, no one but the members of the village for miles around… Some dangerous insects to avoid maybe? Oh yeah, and the river that flows near the village that sometimes has strong current. Oh look, the children have precisely decided to go for a swim! They all run in the water. I’m blown away. Young ones and older ones, they all know how to swim …
I ask one of the youngest:
“Who taught you how to swim?
– The water.”
2015, Embera village in the North of Panama
Who’s telling the story
Marine Gicqueau (France), one of the two founders of TellUs Cultures, has lived in China, Mexico, Panama and Brazil. She continues to be surprised by her lack of understanding of other cultures’ customs and habits that question our own cultural formatting.