from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a Central American Indian people formerly inhabiting central Panama, now living primarily in the San Blas Islands and adjacent coastal areas of northeast Panama.
  • n. The Chibchan language of the Kuna.

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  • n. An indigenous group of Panama and Colombia.
  • proper n. The language of the Kuna people.


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  • Blas Islands are inhabited by indigenous people called Kuna, living very simply with very few noticeable modern influences. TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at

  • The tribe, known as the Kuna, have approximately ten percent the rates of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and cancer of other populations.

  • So hopefully many cities such as Kuna will step up and show an example that a smaller home means a smaller carbon footprint.

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  • It extends from eastern Panama, in the provinces of Darién and Kuna-Yala, along almost the entire Pacific coast of Colombia.


  • They've photographed a brightly colored mola , the embroidered, multi-layered fabric panels that are part of traditional Kuna dress, and feature designs based on the patterns that islanders painted on their bodies before the Spanish arrived.

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  • Julio speaks no English, but with a little Spanish and some of his own native Kuna language mixed with hand gestures, the general arc of his tale comes clear: his family is bouncing from island to island to harvest ripe coconuts.

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  • The 378 tiny coral cays off northern Panama are Kuna Yala — home of the Kuna people, who have occupied these shores for centuries and retain their traditional ways of life.

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  • The Kuna rule the islands and neighboring Panamanian coastline as an autonomous province, the result of a somewhat bloody revolt against the central government in Panama City in 1925.

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  • Calle de la Tablada 7-62, Where to Eat: Ask the Kuna islanders to catch a lobster $2-$3 for your skipper to prepare.

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  • Alamy A quilted mola, part of traditional Kuna dress "It's Old Portuguese for a dirty joke, of a sexual nature," he says.

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