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Indigenous People of Panama
Kuna Yala - San Blas Archipelago
The Kuna people live in the San Blas Archipelago and the Darien of Panama.
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Photo Gallery and visit other Indigenous
Groups from Central America.
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In the census of 1990, the population of Panama was 2,329,329
inhabitants of whom 194,166 or 11.8% were Indigenous. The republic of
Panama is divided into 9 provinces and its Indigenous population is formed by 7
distinct groups which are the Kuna, Embera, Waounan, Ngobe, Bugle,
Nassau, and Terribe people. The first Comarca Indigena, official Indigenous
territory in Panama was created in 1938 in the San Blas archipelago by the
Kuna people. In the province of Darien, the Embera and Waounan people
joined forces and organized themselves politically to create the
Comarca Embera-Waounan in 1983. It encompasses the districts of Cemaco and Sambu.
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