Posted December 17th, 2012, 05:43 AM
San Blas are home to the Cuna or Kuna people, one of the 7 Indigenous groups still living in Panama that were here when Columbus arrived. Kuna Yala is an autonomous "comarca" of Panama, not like a reservation in the US where the government said Indigenous would live, but where the Indigenous said to the government, and in the case of the Kuna went to war with the government, "This is our land."
The flag of Kuna Yala was around long before Hitler and the ****s. You will frequently see Kuna people in Panama City, the women wearing their bright colored clothing and beads around their forearms and legs. They are known for their hand sewn "molas" which can be incredible works of art. Each piece of fabric must be ripped, not cut, and then carefully worked into the pattern.
When buying molas you want to turn the piece over and look at the quality of the hand stitching on the underside. Prices start around $20 but go up depending on the quality of the work and the size and complexity. Some of the larger pieces are museum-quality works of art.
You have a unique and special opportunity that most visitors don't get . . . to actually visit San Blas! Enjoy!