Lucy Duran visits the ecologically self-sufficient Kuna Indians, Lord Panama 'King of Calypso' and the Independence Day celebrations in Chorrera.
In the second of two special programmes from Panama, Lucy Duran visits the ecologically sound and self-sufficient Kuna Indians on one of their tiny autonomous islands off the country's eastern coast. There she experiences a healing potion called to life with song, and witnesses the dances and music which commemorate Kuna history.
Back on the mainland she also meets Lord Panama, King of Calypso, before discovering the local form of 'Cumbia' music at the huge Independence Day celebrations in the town of Chorrera.
Music and featured items
Panpipes of the Kuna Indians
Lucy Duran hears the bamboo panpipes players of the Kuna Indians.
Kuna dances and thier past
Lucy is shown the Kuna’s traditional dances and learns about their history.
Lucy visit a herbal healer
A herbal healer tells Lucy about medicinal plants and singing to bring the spirit.
The Island's Oldest Man
The island’s oldest man deciphers ancient Kuna hieroglyphics, and “sings the symbols”.
A Lullaby and a bridge
Lucy hears a Kuna lullaby and the islanders' ideas about a bridge to the mainland.
Lord Panama and Calypso music
Lucy discovers Panamas Calypso music with Lord Panama.
Cumbia and the Independence Day Parade
Lucy describes the schoolgirls dancing Cumbia, a style mostly identified with Columbia
Cumbia in Chorera
Mamichocon tells Lucy about the special role and style of Cumbia in Chorera.