The San Blas Archipelago - Photo Pêcheur d'Images

The San Blas Archipelago

Nestled in a fold of the Caribbean Sea, the 350 San Blas islands adorn the Caribbean coast of Panama on nearly 300 km. Protected by a long barrier reef, the islands offer idyllic cruises to appreciate a calm sea and lonely anchorages. This is where the ship of the Compagnie des Iles du Ponant came to drop anchor. The ethnic Indian Kuna, living in the archipelago, are friendly and attentive hosts, who feast their visitors with freshly caught fish and shellfish and take them by boat to visit small paradise islands bordered of crystal waters.

Kuna live between ocean and lagoon. Aboard their long canoes cut in tree trunks, sometimes with rudimentary sails, Kunas slide between the islands and travel to lands where they carry out agricultural tasks. Kuna women wear on their arms and legs, coloured pearl bracelets called chaquiras, supposed to protect them from bad spirits. Some also adorn their noses with a gold ring and draw on their forehead a thin vertical line with black paint based jagua, the fruit of a palm tree. They make and sell to tourists shimmering fabrics called molas, usually decorated with animal motifs or geometric shapes. But this time, warned in advance, the artisans had embroidered molas with the Vessel effigy.

Under the large house that serves as the town hall, where citizens meet regularly, the head of the community (Sahila) and his advisers sit in their hammocks, protected from the sun. Despite the influences of modernity, the indigenous people, independent, politically independent since 1925, manage to preserve their ancestral culture of the Sea People. Fishing for shellfish, coconut culture, tourism and traditional crafts sustain molas.

Texte : Anne Jankeliowitch

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The San Blas Archipelago off the coast of Panama © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07738 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
The San Blas Archipelago off the coast of Panama Philip Plisson AA07738

The San Blas Archipelago off the coast of Panama

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Portrait of woman in the archipelago of San Blas. © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07740 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
Portrait of woman in the archipelago of San Blas. Philip Plisson AA07740

Portrait of woman in the archipelago of San Blas.

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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07735 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts Philip Plisson AA07735

The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts

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The San Blas Archipelago off Panama's coast © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07734 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
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The San Blas Archipelago off Panama's coast

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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coast © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07732 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coast

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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07733 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts Philip Plisson AA07733

The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts

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Fabrication of a canoe in the San Blas archipelago © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07741 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
Fabrication of a canoe in the San Blas archipelago Philip Plisson AA07741

Fabrication of a canoe in the San Blas archipelago

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The archipelago off San Blas in Panama. © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA08272 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
The archipelago off San Blas in Panama. Philip Plisson AA08272

The archipelago off San Blas in Panama.

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The archipelago off San Blas in Panama. © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA14129 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
The archipelago off San Blas in Panama. Philip Plisson AA14129

The archipelago off San Blas in Panama.

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The archipelago off San Blas in Panama. © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA14130 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
The archipelago off San Blas in Panama. Philip Plisson AA14130

The archipelago off San Blas in Panama.

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The archipelago of San Blas in Panama. © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA14125 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
The archipelago of San Blas in Panama. Philip Plisson AA14125

The archipelago of San Blas in Panama.

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One of the islands of the archipelago of San Blas. © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA12876 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
One of the islands of the archipelago of San Blas. Philip Plisson AA12876

One of the islands of the archipelago of San Blas.

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San Blas. © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA11023 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
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San Blas.

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One of the islands of the San Blas archipelagos in Panama. © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA12246 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
One of the islands of the San Blas archipelagos in Panama. Philip Plisson AA12246

One of the islands of the San Blas archipelagos in Panama.

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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07731 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts

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Women and children in the archipelago of San Blas. © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07726 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
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Women and children in the archipelago of San Blas.

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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07625 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts

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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coast.

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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts

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The chiefs of villages in the archipelago of San Blas. © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07725 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
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The chiefs of villages in the archipelago of San Blas.

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Boat in the archipelago of San Blas © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07679 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
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Boat in the archipelago of San Blas

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Portrait of a woman in the archipelago of San Blas. © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07686 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
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Portrait of a woman in the archipelago of San Blas.

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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07680 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts

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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts

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Portrait of Panamanian women. © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07687 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
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Portrait of Panamanian women.

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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07692 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts

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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07681 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coasts

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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coast © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07723 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
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The San Blas Archipelago off the Panama's coast

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The San Blas Archipelago off the coast of Panama © Philip Plisson / Pêcheur d’Images / AA07683 - Photo Galleries - The San Blas Archipelago
The San Blas Archipelago off the coast of Panama Philip Plisson AA07683

The San Blas Archipelago off the coast of Panama

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