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Two-day conference, "Panama and its Indigenous People," coming to Flagler in October

Sep 15, 2022

This fall, Flagler College is proud to host a two-day conference, “Panama and its Indigenous People,” as a part of National Hispanic Heritage month on Oct. 14 and 15 across various campus locations. The conference is coordinated by Dr. Eugenia Charoni, associate professor of romance languages at Flagler.

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This conference will host leaders travelling from the Embera and Kuna Yala indigenous groups of the Central American country, Panama. Their travel here and this conference is made possible by a $5,000 grant awarded by Florida Humanities in conjunction with The National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Last semester, Dr. Charoni led a spring break study abroad trip to Panama taking students across the Emebra Drua, Embera Maje and Kuna Yala indigenous territories. On this trip, students were able to experience and learn about these groups’ culture, history and language.

Three of the indigenous leaders Dr. Charoni cultivated relationships with through her research and on this trip will be the featured speakers of this conference. As representatives of the Embera and Kuna Yala indigenous groups, they will share their culture, history, artifacts, dance, music and language with guests of the conference.

In addition to presentations by these leaders, five of the students who joined Dr. Charoni on her Panama trip will give presentations on what they learned through their interactions with and research related to the indigenous groups.

To close out the conference, the Panamanian folklore group Viva Panama will perform live to showcase the diversity of Panama, a blend of colonial and western times with the strong indigenous presence.

The conference is free and open to the public.  All events are located in the Ringhaver Student Center, with specific rooms noted in the event schedule.


Schedule of Events

Day 1 - Friday, October 14, 2022

9:00 am - 3:50 pm | Photography Exhibition | Emberá and Kuna Yala craftwork exposition | Jay's Place

9:00 am - 9:30 am | Opening remarks | Dr. Charoni and Chair of the Humanities Department |Presentation of the speakers | Virginia Room

9:30 am - 9:50 am | Educacion Bilingue Intercultural EBI | Dr. Charoni | Virginia Room

10:00 am - 10:50 am | Flagler students’ presentations | Virginia Room

11:00 am - 12:30 pm | Kuna Yala – History and Culture | Kuna Yala Art: Mola and its significance in the Kuna cosmovision and revolution (1925) | Virginia Room

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm | Lunch break

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm | Kuna language workshop | Virginia Room

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm | Traditional Kuna Dances (recorded) and music instrument presentation | Virginia Room


Day 2 - Saturday, October 15, 2022

10:00 - 5:00 pm | Photography Exhibition | Emberá and Kuna Yala craftwork exposition |Jay’s Place

10:00 am - 10:50 am | Emberá – History and Culture | Virginia Room

11:00 am - 11:50 am | Traditional Emberá Dances (recorded) and outfits presentation | Virginia Room

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Lunch break

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm |  Emberá language workshop | Virginia Room

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm | Emberá art and its significance | Virginia Room

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Live performance of folklore dances from the Panamanian Dance Group Viva Panamá | Gamache-Koger Theater

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm | Closing remarks | Dr. Charoni and invited speakers | Gamache-Koger Theater

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