About Us

Native Future is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that recognizes the inextricable link between native people and their lands.  Our mission is to protect marginalized indigenous cultures and to help them conserve the ecosystems in which they live.

If you would like to know more about the culture of the Wounaan people and their struggles watch “Culture in Crisis,” a short documentary video about the Wounaan.

Since its inception in 2003, Native Future has principally worked with the Wounaan indigenous people of the Republic of Panama.  The Wounaan number 6,800 people and live in 18 small villages scattered throughout the eastern rainforests of the Majé and Darién regions.  For generations, they have lived in harmony with their natural environment.  Their traditional lands comprise some of the most intact ecosystems in Panama and the Americas.  Moreover,  the Wounaan depend on these forests, streams and mangroves for both their livelihood and their culture. Now all of that is threatened by non-indigenous settlers from other provinces who invade traditional Wounaan lands and cut down the forest for cattle ranching and large-scale agriculture.

For the past several years, Native Future has helped the Wounaan in their efforts to face these problems and gain control over their lands, their livelihoods, and their future.

Land Rights Program

Education Program