Panama 2018 Day 15: Photos de Tio Bob

Bob Levy, a week one guest, is a talented photographer, and he has graciously shared his work and given me permission to share it with you. This is a Guna woman [formerly known as Kuna] from the San Blas Islands off the Caribbean coast of Panama. Back in the Peace Corps days you never saw Guna off the islands, but now they are commonly seen in Panama City, in El Valle where they sell molas in the market, and even in Rio Hato. This is a matriarchal society. They women wear nose rings, have garments made out of molas that they now sell to tourists for framing, and have elaborately beaded wrists and ankles. They speak the Guna language, and many now speak Spanish and a little English as well.

I’ll be sharing more of Bob’s photos with you as the days go on. He has a great eye for composition — as familiar as I am with the places and people where he took shots, I am seeing them through totally fresh eyes.

Gracias a Tio Bob!

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