Kuna Life

canoe garage

In the village of Achutupo, the houses on this island often have "garages" with several canoes, the main form of transportation. There are no cars and no roads.
Photo Credit: Jacalyn Willis, 2002

Basilisk Mola artwork

This mola shows a Basiliscus lizard, a species common along rivers in Panama.
Photo Credit: Jacalyn Willis, 2002

Birds Mola artwork

This mola pattern show two birds in mirror-image.
Photo Credit: Jacalyn Willis, 2002

Frog Mola artwork

Frogs hiding under an umbrella make cute mola pattern.
Photo Credit: Jacalyn Willis, 2002

hut on the rivers edge

Canoes parked along the edge of this Kuna island make it easy to quickly paddle out for fishing or visiting.
Photo Credit: Jacalyn Willis, 2002

Kuna hut

A typical San Blas village has houses built right up to the edge of the island.
Photo Credit: Jacalyn Willis, 2002

Mola Blous artwork


The traditional dress of Kuna women includes a mola blouse. There is a panel on the front and the back, and they often match in pattern.
Photo Credit: Jacalyn Willis, 2002

Squid Mola artwork

This is the full size view of the squid mola where you can see details.
Photo Credit: Jacalyn Willis, 2002

Mola Detail artwork

This detail of a mola shows a small squid-like creature, probably a Nantilus. Note the tiny stitches and the layers of cloth of different colors.
Photo Credit: Jacalyn Willis, 2002

Owls Mola artwork

This mola shows two owls hunting for rabbit.
Photo Credit: Jacalyn Willis, 2002

Parrots Mola artwork


The parrots are feeding on the fruits in this mola pattern.
Photo Credit: Jacalyn Willis, 2002