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Posted on: November 8th, 2018 by Luis Fragoso | No Comments


Oil on Canvas – 16” x 24”
August, 2013


The spirituality and symbolism of the Kuna is on display in this painting, exposing a beautiful and still autonomous culture. The Gunalude (known more commonly as Kuna) are Indigenous South American Indians located between southern Panama and northern Colombia, most notably in the Archipiélago de San Blas (Panama) and Urabá (Colombia). The painting was inspired by a very difficult experience that My Partner, Henryk, had with the Kuna.

Henryk found himself stranded on these islands for nearly three weeks. There was no transport out, and as he found out, very little help within.The Kuna felt no compassion for Henryk, being naturally skeptical of foreigners and themselves holding to completely different belief systems of “humanity.” Henryk fell very ill, to the point of delirium through a full body bacterial infection of his blood. He needed medical attention urgently and some sustenance, but the Kuna made no effort to help, even going as far as patronizing him and poking him with sticks and laughing while he lay wasting away in his hammock.

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