Pay a Visit to the Sutiaba Museum
Hundreds of years ago, long before the Spanish conquerors arrived on the shores Nicaragua and started to exert their influence on the people of the land, the Sutiaba tribe were the indigenous people living in the area now known as Leon. The descendents of this fascinating group of people are still living in Leon today and the legacy of their ancestors can be easily discovered through a trip to the Sutiaba Museum.
Many people consider the Sutiaba tribe to be the most important indigenous tribe in the city. The Sutiabas are one of thirteen different indigenous groups who live in Nicaragua. They are still a very populous tribe, with approximately 36 000 Sutiabas living in different settlements in Leon. As such, they make up approximately 17% of the Department of Leon’s population. Unfortunately, in years gone past they suffered abuse at the hands of the Nicaragua government. The biggest injustice they faced was the significant loss of land that took place during the second half of the 20th century when the country’s government was not very stable. That is why many of the Sutiaba now live in government sponsored homes. Nevertheless, despite hardships faced in times gone by, the Sutiaba people have always maintained a distinct sense of culture. Their unique culture is generally reflected in the old Sutiaba neighborhood in Leon and in the people who live there. It can also be seen at the Sutiaba Museum, located in the same neighborhood.
The Sutiaba Museum is filled with all sorts of archeological artifacts and other findings related to the Sutiaba tribe. It will show you how the people of this tribe used to prepare their food and store their materials. Tools, urns and other objects abound here. Paintings and other artistic images also help to gain insight into the lives of the Sutiaba people of long ago. The Sutiaba Museum in Leon is a great way to learn all about the Sutiaba people and the culture that sets them apart from other indigenous tribes. It certainly makes for a great tourist attraction and is worth visiting. The museum building is located near the Sutiaba church and is easily recognized by the colorful paintings that adorn the external walls. Though you are not required to pay an entrance fee, it is strongly recommended that visitors do, so that these funds can be used to benefit the museum and community.