32517Re: Looking for a good read ...
- Jul 1, 2005--- In CostaRicaLiving@yahoogroups.com, "jacqu1wh1te"
> recommend any Costa Rican literatureSuggest you might try and locate a copy of a DVD - "The Blue
Butterfly", a true story filmed in the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
area. It shows the interaction of white and indigenous culture, and
the adventures of a young boy with an inoperable brain tumor who
comes to the jungle to realize his dream of finding a blue morphous
butterfly before he dies. He ends up being cured by a shaman.
Along the way, you get to see jungle, rivers, a Bribri village, many
critters, including some downright spectacular bugs, flowers... and
hear the jungle sounds, including a great sequence of a troop of
howler monkeys really howling.
We deal with Bribri Indians every day. I wanted to see how authentic
this movie was, so we showed it to a lunchtime crowd of about 60 of
them at lunch one Saturday. They said it was very authentic - only
pointed out the music as being a bit overdone, but with authentic
Some of those who saw the movie pointed out that the shaman himself
was in it, and that they knew him personally.
My wife and I operate El Puente - The Bridge, a non-profit that
provides educational assistance, food assistance, and microloans to
indigenous people in the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca area, You can see
what we're up to by visiting http://www.elpuente-thebridge.org
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