The Embera Katío
This week, the 210 stranded indigenous Embera Katío left Cali by several buses to their homes in Pueblo Rico, Risaralda. There were many babies and young children in the group. They had been stranded and living in very poor, cramped and unsanitary conditions in a poor part of downtown Cali for up to two years. They had been subject to robbery and other problems. They were given a sendoff celebration downtown last Wednesday and the next day left for their territories. They had a long bus trip. I went to the sendoff to take some photos. After reading many stories about the people and not really able to visit and see their living conditions downtown, I wanted to see the people in person. I took photos at the sendoff of the people. Groups of them also gave dance performances. Their faces were usually serious and showed the hard life they had been living.