About Rey Curré
indigenous territory of Rey Curré is found on both sides
of the Río Grande de Térraba, some 230 KM from San
José in the canton of Buenos Aires, Costa Rica. It has
a surface area of around 10,000 hectares. The indigenous population
- approximately 1000 people - pertain to the Boruca (otherwise
known as Brunka) ethnic group. They live from agriculture, cultivating
plantain, rice, beans, corn and fruits. The Borucas are also famous
for their art, above all masks and textile products which they
sell to tourists in order to generate a small income.
The territory has a long history of occupation. There are important
archæological deposits from the pre-Colombian era.
Around 1500 BC, the banks of the Río Grande de Térraba
were occupied by humans for the first time. For many centuries,
Curré was a small village of corn producers. Around 700
AD the village dominated a certain territory and maintained relations
with other villages located along the length of the river.
At the beginning of the XX century, several indigenous families
migrated to the Valley of the Río Grande de Térraba
and founded the present town. The construction of the InterAmerican
Highway radically changed the life there, a large number of non-indigenous
peasant farmers and landowners occupied the area and now they
have in their hands approximately 80 % of the land.
the population is living in a state of total insecurity: the detonation
of explosives has interrupted their tranquility and the waters
of the river are observed by officials from the Costa Rican Institute
of Electricity (ICE), using sophisticated technology to analyze,
value and measure the site.