Govt. and Society There are about 50,000 Kuna Indians still today. Most live in Panama however, there are a few who live in Columbia Speak Spanish and Kuna There political leader is also there religious leader and is called their “Sahila.” Governed by the Kuna General Congress All public decisions are made at meeting that is taken place at the congress house.
Religion Most follow the Kuna religion. They also practice baptism, Catholicism, and Mormon. The Kuna religion is called “Fathers way”. The Kuna Church
Communications They have limited access to communication and are not known for any system. The Kunas follow the same calendar that we do today.
War They had a war of revolution against the Panamanian police who were trying to change their customs and were abusing them. Emberáindians and the Kunas have fought in the past but now the 2 tribes agree and actually meet to make decisions.
Legends Albinism is very common among the kunas. They are considered special and are thought to protect the moon from the dragon.
Traditions They hold festivals where the women play maracas and the men play flutes. The festival is to celebrate the Dule Revolution. It is considered the most important day of the year. It takes place February 21-25 and it celebrates how the Kuna people overtook the Panamanian police. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc9phDrsmL8
Family Life Kuna means “people” They live in 3 reservations in panama and a few live in Columbia. Each community has their own political organization After marriage, the bridegroom must live in his mother-in-law's house and work for his father-in-law. Famous for molas which are colorful textile artwork. They have been around since the Spanish invasion. They lived in Columbia at that time. 50,000 population
Farming Their economy focuses mainly on agriculture and fishing. Diet consists mostly of plantains, coconuts, and fish.