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THE KUNAS

Kuna Indians take pride in their traditions, and work hard to preserve their culture. Their customs have remained unchanged for many years, leaving them to become of one the oldest tribes in America.
They are the administrative managers of the San Blas archipelago, although they prefer to call Kuna Yala (Kuna territory). 49 islands are inhabited by them. They are a peaceful tribe of about 55.000 inhabitants, organized and united as a nation, with a strict tribal hierarchy. Each community is managed by three chiefs or "Sailas".

Its economy is predominantly based on the trade of coconuts (each of the island´s palm trees has a Kuna owner), while women make "Molas" - intricate geometric decorations in the shape of birds, animals and marine life-, made from layers of different coloured fabric.

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