Around the World Series: Panama, Iguanas & Kuna Indians!

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The Republic of Panama is located on the isthmus connecting North and South America, between Costa Rica and Colombia, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Panama is famous for its canal (http://www.pancanal.com/eng/photo/camera-java.html), which was built to facilitate the transportation of vessels between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Panama Canal

 

Panama is a tropical country with lush forests and beautiful ocean views.  The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) is based in Panama since 1923. The main objective of this institution is to study local tropical biodiversity, but also to serve as a hub for tropical research in the world. STRI researchers also play an active role in the conservation of the world’s tropical resources.

 

 

Panamanians are friendly happy people, with a broad multicultural and international ethnic background (Spanish, African, Caribbean, Indigenous, European, etc.). Of the many Panamanian indigenous groups, the most famous are the Kuna Indians. They inhabit the beautiful San Blas Islands (located on the Caribbean coast of Panama) and still live in their traditional ways.

The Kuna women wear a blouse made with a bright mola, which is a colorful textile made with the techniques of appliqué and reverse appliqué.

 

Kuna Indian Girl

Molas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panamanians love music (Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, etc.) and enjoy many delicious dishes (Sancocho, Corvine, Tamales, Ceviche, etc.). One of the most exotic recipes is the delicious Iguana Stew! Would you like to try it?  For more information check:  http://livinghistorypanama.com/panama-recipes-iguana-exotic-experience/?lang=esue  

        

Iguana

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