WHY WEAR SANTA ISLA

The Embera Chami fight to keep their cultural legacy alive.  With a long history of threats and displacement from their lands by armed groups of common criminals, drug traffickers and other conditions related to mining, poverty, malnutrition, disenfranchisement, and the general indifference of Colombian society, the Colombian Constitutional Court has declared the Embera at risk of extinction. (Proyecto Embera Wera, 2011)

When you wear Santa Isla you help the Embera culture to breathe and expand. We work with a small group of Embera artisans, providing them a source of income and an opportunity to showcase their art to the world. Chami meaning "mountain" and Embera meaning "people," they are an indigenous ethnic group who practice the important aspect of the power of the spirits which they trust to regulate life, health, livelihood and nature.

Santa Isla makes jewelry in partnership with the Embera Chami of Colombia. The Embera believe that women bear the weight of the world on their shoulders. Each piece, called Okamas, are made to adorn life’s path towards harmony & nature.
 

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