Culturally the Embera peoples are very similar to the neighboring Wounaan people. One of the subgroups of the Embera is the Saija. Though the Embera-Saija live in Panama and Ecuador, most are in Colombia.
Embera-Saija hunters use dart poison on the tips of their arrows. Men either wear a slender loincloth or western style clothes. Women wear the same clothes as their ancestors, which includes a short wraparound skirt made from bark and/or colorful cloth. Women love jewelry made from coins. These can be necklaces or pounded into earrings or bracelets. Both genders color their skin with red or blue dyes made from natural materials. They tattoo themselves with geometric designs.
The Embera-Saija enjoy a drink made from fruits, sugarcane or maize. For their food supply they grow rice, yams, plantains and bananas.
A little over half are Roman Catholic, but their form of Catholicism can be blended with indigenous beliefs. Others maintain indigenous practices.
The Embera-Saija people need to put all their faith in Jesus Christ, and his work on the cross.
Pray for the few Embera-Saija followers of Christ to disciple others in the faith.
Pray for the Embera-Saija to have a spiritual hunger, and that it will be satisfied by Jesus Christ alone.
Pray for the Lord to protect the Embera-Saija people from outsiders who might want to use them and abuse them.
Scripture Prayers for the Embera-Saija in Ecuador.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Embera-Saija|
|People Name in Country||Embera-Saija|
|Population this Country||600|
|Population all Countries||8,400|
|Progress Scale||2 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Esmeraldas province: Borbón town on Santiago river delta; northern Pacific coast. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Epena
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2005-2015)|
|FCBH NT (www.bible.is)||Online|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Epena||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Bible app direct APK download||SIL|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Epena||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Children and youth resources||One Hope|
|Text / Printed Matter||Download scripture in this language||eBible.org|