11.07.2009 - 11.07.2009
Towards the end of the San Blas Islands (close to Panama) we stopped off at a Kuna Village (the indigenous people of the San Blas Islands). The people on this island were a lot more hospitable than the other Kuna we had met (i.e. didn't charge us for everything, pictures, passage even taking a camera to shore cost $2 at some villages).
- One of the other slightly less developed Kuna villages we past.
It was funny to see that the island had all the amenities you would expect from a small town in England: Post office, council building, bank, library, school, sports pitches, creche and even a museum.
In the museum we saw something particularly interesting, the owner is an artist and painted two pictures of an old tale of something that happened to several Kuna women many years ago:
-Kuna go onto space ship
-Kuna come off space ship
We wandered around for quite a while followed by loads of the village children, one even had a comb and was brushing his hair back like me and Joe. It was strange to see western influences mixed with such a strong indigenous culture, it was only the older Kuna that wore traditional dress, particularly the women who wore constricting beads around their shins and calves to seemingly reduce the size of their legs.
We also popped into a Kuna creche, the owner of which had pet birds that were ridiculously tame!
- Yvonne at the creche
The following video isn't exactly the worlds best documentary looking at indigenous cultures and maybe be pretty boring in places so feel free to skip through!