Poetic Panama Inspires US Ex-Pats

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 in General Information

Poetic Panama Inspires US Ex-Pats

This poem by an anonymous writer in the 16th century expresses the love affair visitors and residents have had with Panama for hundreds of years.

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The Mainland And the Mountain Kunas

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 in General Information

The Mainland And the Mountain Kunas

The Kunas are an ethno-linguistic group located mainly in eastern Panama. A few Kunas maybe found within the national territory of Colombia, but most of what is known about the group pertains to the Panamanian population. The majority of the Kuna Indians (20,831 in 1940) reside in villages in the San Blas Archipelago Region. An additional 1,000-5,000 live along inland watercourses.

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The Kuna Indians in the Past Century

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 in General Information, History

The Kuna Indians in the Past Century

The Kuna have had a long and varied history of contact with Europeans, beginning in the early 1500s with the arrival of the Spanish. Research would seem to indicate that they lived along inland waterways and had a mixed subsistence society based on farming, hunting, fishing, and collecting.

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How a Mola is Made

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 in General Information

How a Mola is Made

In Dulegaya, the Kuna’s native language, “mola” means “shirt” or “clothing”. The mola originated with the tradition of Kuna women painting their bodies with geometrical designs, using available natural colors.

In later years, these same designs were woven in cotton. Later still, designs were sewn into cloth bought from the European settlers of Panama.

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