Pictographic map of San Blas coast prepared by Chief Igwa Nigdibippi for John P. Harrington, 1924-1925
Nigdibippi, Chief Igwa
1 map : hand-drawn; 145 x 238 cm
Works of art
San Blas Islands (Panama)
A glass negative (BAE GN 4304) was made of the right half of the map and published in Frances Densmore's "Study of Tule Music," SMC 77:11 Plate 4, 1926. See catalog record for BAE GN 4304 for digital image of the glass negative. Reference prints of the map can be found in the NAA's file prints collection.
See NAA INV 04280902 for photo of Chief Igwa Nigdibippi working on map.
Chief Igwa Nigdibippi (possibly also known as Chief Golman), from Agligandi Island, visited Washington, D.C. in 1924 with members of the Marsh-Darien expedition. It is uncertain whether he painted the map during this visit.
Information about the conservation treatment of the map can be found at http://www.nmnh.si.edu/naa/features/artwork_conservation.htm.
Pictographic map of the Caribbean coastline of Panama with Kuna place-names and various drawings of persons and events. 7 drawings on 12" by 9" manila paper sewn onto map. The name "EQUAEGEPIPI" is lettered in two places on the map. The map is rolled-up and in brittle condition.
Manuscript 4490, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland