Carol F. Jopling photographs of Kuna, Choco, and Guaymi of Panama, 1981-1984
Jopling, Carol F
442 35 mm negatives : acetate
326 contact prints (on proof sheets)
circa 74 prints : silver gelatin (including some mounted for exhibition)
Panama Canal (Panama)
Carol Farrington Jopling (ca. 1917-2000) was a librarian and anthropologist. As a librarian, she mostly worked for government agencies, including the Smithsonian's Bureau of American Ethnology in 1961 and 1962. In 1973, she received her doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Massachusettes, writing her disseration on the "Women Weavers of Yalalag; Their Art and Its Process." After spending four years as a research associate at Harvard's Peabody Museum, she became chief librarian of the Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute in Panama (1981-1984). There, she developed a focus on the anthropological study of architecture, publishing a book on the "Art and Aesthetics in Primitive Societies" in 1971.
Photographs made by Carol F. Jopling documenting the Kuna, Choco, and Guaymi Indians of Panama, as well as the Panama Canal and scenery. Jopling's photographs depict Choco and Kuna dwellings (including their construction), Choco people waiting to receive vaccinations from Navy personnel, agriculture (including coconut harvesting), boats in the Panama Canal, and city buildings. Photographs and textual materials used for an exhibit in 1998 at the American Institute of Architects Baltimore Gallery, entitled "Contrasting Vernacular Architecture: Kuna and Choco Houses of Panama," are also available with the collection.
Photo Lot 98-37, Carol F. Jopling photographs of Kuna and Choco of Panama, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution