The Kuna People
Trip Start Sep 10, 2005
22Trip End Apr 27, 2006
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They have a philosophy of peace and harmony and have only had one murder in the past 10 years. One person from each island or area (many live on the mainland too)is elected as a leader ..and this person serves for life. They have a pipe line from the rivers that feeds fresh water to many of the islands..each family only pays 50 cents (they use U.S
The art is fabulous...brightly colored molas made from fabric that they wear and sell as unfinished squares.. or purses, or clothing, or decoration. They wear beads on their calves with interesting designs...made from one string of beads. They wear bright red/pink blush on their cheeks and an interesting tattoo down the bridge of their nose. I wish i could have taken more pictures..but the adults dont like their pictures taken...the kids love it though.
we stayed on a very remote island called Robinsonīs island. It was amazing! i really felt as if i was on a deserted island. There were only 5 of us staying there at any time..no electricity...basic cabaņas...and only fish and whatever they caught that day...lobster and fish....very basic
we swam to the other island one day..it took longer than we thought it would..about 2.5 hours (we think?!)..there was amazing snorkeling along the way..and i think i can safely say that i am over my kid fears of jelly fish as we swam through huge sections of them...just little stings!!!
anyway..i head back to panama city and then up to Costa rica..where i fly to South America....