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Kuna Nega

Kuna Nega: Where we started

The Kuna, mainly based in the region of Kuna Yala, northeast of the country, are one of the most populated indigenous groups in Panama. In the mid 80’s, a part of their population, stripped of its homes, was forced to occupy a piece of land near the Ancón district, just minutes away from the city center.

Kuna Nega means House of the Kunas.

Years later, the Panamanian government recognized Kuna Nega as an official community and issued the proper permits allowing its residents to remain in the new settlement; although, they also established the Cerro Patacón trash dumpster in the vicinity, action that has diminished Kuna Nega’s life quality. On top of that, their homes, most dating back to the 80’s, are in a precarious conditions, water is scarce, schools lack enough space and teachers, all problems which are disdained by both government and society.

This is a visual documentation of their way of life, but above all, about their resilience in spite of social inequality and discrimination.

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