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Because of the intensity of the sun in Central America, the albino men are not able to do the work expected of a Kuna man.

The Ngobe-Bugle's chaquira was first mentioned by European historians in documents dating back from the early part of the 17th Century. The colors were dull and it was not so tightly beaded...

Defying change, the Darien indians live in the wildest, most primitive existence ...

very much as the Spaniards found them early in the 16th century.

KUNA INDIANS - text by Sherry Thorup The Kuna Indians are a strongly-knit tribal society living on a chain of islands called San Blas Archipelago, on the Atlantic side of the Republic of Panama.

Believed to be decendents of the Caribs, the Kuna Indians tribe still live in much the same manner as their ancestors.

The husband gathers coconuts, cultivates the food, provides firewood, repairs the house, makes his and his son's clothes, weaves baskets and carves wooden utensils.

The wife prepares the food, collects fresh water from the mainland rivers, unloads the boats, sews female garments, washes the clothes and cleans the house.

Scattered along the banks of the many rivers that crisscross the Darien, far from the comforts and problems of civilization, they seem to be in complete harmony with their surroundings.