El único Panamá - Week 29

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Photos: Bob Hislop There is a difference between the Panamanian Hat and Panama Hat! One is crafted in Panama and the other in Ecuador. You will see both everywhere in Panama so what is the difference? The traditional Panamanian hat is known as sombrero pintados or the painted hat. Worn throughout the country mostly by rural Panamanians and generally associated with the man of the field. It is also worn during popular festivals and presentations of typical Panamanian folkloric ensembles and ballets and used by both men and women. The sombrero pintado obtained its name from the town of La Pintada in the Province of Cocle because t

El único Panamá - Week 30

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Panama celebrates the fisherman Virgin. On July 16, different cities across the country celebrate with music, food and fireworks in honor of "Santa Maria del Monte Carmelo", known as the "Virgen del Carmen" and the patron saint of fishermen around the world. Thousands claim that she protects ventures on and around the sea. The coastal towns of Gorgona, Chame and San Carlos celebrate with boat processions in honor of the Virgin. Worshipers depart in the their fishing boats carrying an image of the Virgin and playing music. The celebrations take place in-land in their community. Panamanians are proud of their culture and traditions

El único Panamá - Week 28

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Panama is actually a mecca for Humpback whales! Along with Costa Rica, Panama is the only place in the world where Humpback whales migrate from both the Southern and Northern hemispheres to breed and give birth! During the months of July-October there are several thousand Humpback whales who travel over 5,000 miles, (the longest migration known by a mammal) from Antarctica to the warm, shallow and safe calving grounds on the Pacific side of Panama. From December-March Panama receives a few hundred Humpback whales from North America for the same reason, which gives Panama seven months of Humpback whale activity in its waters. Over

El único Panamá - Week 27

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Photo: Bob Hislop There are seven indigenous peoples of Panama. They are Ngäbe, the Buglé, the Guna, the Emberá, the Wounaan, the Bri bri, and the Naso Tjërdi. Indigenous peoples, or Native Panamanians, are the native people of Panama. According to the 2010 census, they make up about 12% of the overall population or just over 418,000 people of approximate 4 million. These groups live throughout the country. Many of the Indigenous people live on comarca indígenas, which are administrative regions for an area with a substantial Indigenous populations. The Guaymí and Ngöbe-Buglé comprise half of the indigenous peoples of Panama. About

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