In a small space nestled in the heart of the capital city of San Jose, Galería Namu brings together the best of indigenous and folk art from Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras and Central America.Brunka Monkey Figurines — Photo courtesy of Galeria Namu
Carved Boruca masks, Tagua sculpture, woven baskets, paintings, pottery, and jewelry are among the findings, and their inviting online gallery exhibits a close-up look at their extensive range of items. Galería Namu, named for the Bri Bri word for jaguar, celebrates the rich body of diverse art produced by indigenous peoples, and practices fair-trade directly with the artists. Boruca Masks — Photo courtesy of Galeria Namu
As part of its efforts to share and grow their collection and give artists increased exposure to the public, Galería Namu offers Eco-Ethno tours to meet indigenous artisans and experience their culture- destinations include the Boruca Village where intricated tribal masks are carved and painted, and Costa Rica's smallest indigenous communities of fewer than 500 people, the Maleku Village, which maintains a rich heritage of dance and art.
If you're looking to complement your collection, find high-quality souvenirs, or just enjoy browsing a unique shop, Galería Namu is the best place to go. Keep in mind that every purchase from Galería Namu directly supports indigenous tribal art and artists of Central America.
The gallery is located on 7th Avenue, between 5th and 7th streets in Barrio Amon San José, Costa Rica
Gallery Hours: Mon - Sat: 9 am - 6:30 Sun: 1 - 5 (Sundays Open Jan through April)