Who won Wounaan National Congress elections?  Meet the Ngäbe Buglé women in El Jacinto that keep it all going. Welcome new Native Future volunteers! Read all about it here. Native Future Spring 2017 Newsletter

When I went to live in Rio Hondo, a Wounaan indigenous community in Panamá Este province, I was initially more interested in the surrounding forest than in the village’s inhabitants.  I identified and learned the names of almost all of the birds living there before I could remember half of the names of the approximately… [Continue Reading]

In 2001, when I was accepted and invited to join the Peace Corps in Panamá, I was somewhat disappointed. I had already been to Panamá and traveled around Bocas del Toro and Chiriquí provinces for a couple weeks during a vacation while I was living in Costa Rica the year before.  As great as that… [Continue Reading]

I lived in Panama as a volunteer in the Peace Corps for a little over a year (2001-2002).  It’s probably safe to say that it was the most intense period of my life so far.  It was dense with new experiences and emotional content. It shifted my point of view. I still struggle in communicating… [Continue Reading]

Since 2004, Native Future has worked with the Wounaan of Panamá and two other Panamanian indigenous groups, Ngäbe and the Buglé, to support their education and protect their lands. Native Education provides scholarships and educational opportunities to indigenous students and leaders. It began as a Peace Corps project, in 2001, helping three Ngäbe and Buglé… [Continue Reading]

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Native Future Newsletter May 2017

Who won Wounaan National Congress elections?  Meet the Ngäbe Buglé women in El Jacinto that keep it all going. Welcome new Native Future volunteers! Read all about it here. Native Future Spring 2017 Newsletter

Troubled Waters

When I went to live in Rio Hondo, a Wounaan indigenous community in Panamá Este province, I was initially more interested in the surrounding forest than in the village’s inhabitants.  I identified and learned the names of almost all of the birds living there before I could remember half of the names of the approximately […]

My Winding Road to the Wounaan

In 2001, when I was accepted and invited to join the Peace Corps in Panamá, I was somewhat disappointed. I had already been to Panamá and traveled around Bocas del Toro and Chiriquí provinces for a couple weeks during a vacation while I was living in Costa Rica the year before.  As great as that […]