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A Sample of Kuna Handicrafts


[Engraving representing a traditional kuna dance]

Engraving representing a traditional kuna dance


[Harpy eagle made of a piece of wood brought ashore by the tide]

Harpy eagle made of a piece of wood brought ashore by the tide


[Work depicting a ritual bath during the female puberty ceremony]

Work depicting a ritual bath during the female puberty ceremony


[Sail canoe of the kunas. They are still a common sight.]

Sail canoe of the kunas. They are still a common sight.


[House of the local congress, the governing institution of each community. The figures resting in hammocks represent the traditional leaders of the Kuna.]

House of the local congress, the governing institution of each community. The figures resting in hammocks represent the traditional leaders of the Kuna.


[Traditional kitchen tools]

Traditional kitchen tools


[Portray of a Kuna wedding]

Portray of a Kuna wedding


[Mr. Teodoro Torres, the artist behind this collection]

Mr. Teodoro Torres, the artist behind this collection


[A performance of Kuna dances followed the art expo.]

A performance of Kuna dances followed the art expo.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2007-11-17

During our National Month, we attended a very interesting gallery of art hosted by the Kuna Carti Sugdub Association in Panama City.

The gallery featured works by Mr. Teodoro Torres, an ethnic Kuna artizan who has devoted the last seven years to travelling to all Kuna communities in Kuna Yala, while doing research on the local culture. He has then reflected the results of this research into a significant number of works that portray scenes of important moments in the lives of the Kuna people.

Mr. Torres does not sell his works. He very much singled-handedly established a museum at one of the Kuna Yala communities in order to show his works. His goal is to offer a way to educate Kuna youth about their rich cultural heritage and also teach a bit of the Kuna way of life to tourists.


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