Photographs made by Carol F. Jopling documenting the Kuna, Choco, and Guaymi peoples 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.
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.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 98-37
Location of Other Archival Materials:
The National Anthropological Archives holds the papers of Carol F. Jopling.
Jopling also donated artifacts to the Department of Anthropology collections in accession 368048.
From the Cuna as follows: at Icandi and Pintupu on the Bayano River, 1 page. (17 words, 1 sentence); at Piria on the Bayano River, 1 page. 12 words, and from headwaters of the Chucunaque River, same page 2 words; in locality of Bayano River, 7 geographic names, 1 page, also name of chief of Naragandi.
This collection consists of forty-two 3.5 x 5" color photographic prints of the Guna peoples of Ukupseni (formerly Playón Chico), one of the islands in the Guna Yala Indigenous Territory (formerly San Blas), Panama. The photographs were taken by June Alice Spencer during visits in 1996-1997, and depict Guna people in their daily lives.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of forty-two 3.5 x 5" color photographic prints of the Guna peoples of Ukupseni (formerly Playón Chico), one of the islands in the Guna Yala Indigenous Territory (formerly San Blas), Panama. The photographs were taken by June Alice Spencer during visits in 1996-1997, and depict Guna people in their daily lives. Notable images include villagers fishing, repairing a building's roof, harvesting a sea turtle, as well as images of the market, village buildings, molas, a young child with albinism, a young girl having her nose pierced, children at play, and the nearby airport landing strip.
The materials in this collection are organized into folders.
Biographical / Historical:
June Alice Spencer is a retired Assistant Professor from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. She took the photographs in this collection while visiting Ukupseni (formerly Playón Chico), Panama, in 1996-1997.
Three Guna molas, made on the island of Ukupseni (formerly Playón Chico), were also donated to the NMAI by June Alice Spencer in 2016. These three molas were assigned object numbers: 26/9694, 26/9695, and 26/9696.
This collection was donated by June Alice Spencer in 2016.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); June Alice Spencer photograph collection, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Material comprises 56 typed pages manuscript, transcriptions of 2 songs and descriptive analyses of 2 songs. The title page of a manuscript "Songs and Instrumental Music of the Tule Indians of Panama," is filed herein. 56 pages text, 9 pages descriptive analyses, and 11 pages transcriptions, once filed under catalog number 3090, are no longer present. Possibly this manuscript was published in Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, Volume 77, Number 11, "Study of Tule Music", 1926.)
NAA MS 3090
The following have been returned to Harrington Collection, ELM, 3/78. Another copy of "Music and Customs of the Tule Indians of Panama," found in J. P. Harrington storeroom, 4/65. "Songs and Instrumental Music of the Tule Indians of Panama." 22 page manuscript, 5 pages in the hand of J. P. Harrington, found in J. P. Harrington storeroom, 4/65.
Includes: "Cuna Glossary," 8 pages; "[Choco] Glossary [and ethnographic notes]," 11 pages; "Snapshots [captions and background information]," 8 pages; 57 snapshots of Cuna and Choco Indians. Notes on John Verrill, recorded by C. Evans from telephone conversation with M. W. Stirling, 2/62. 1 page typed. (Added 2/62)
Includes: "The San Blas Coast," 77 pages, handwritten; and typed transcript, with carbon copy, 82 pages each. Original examples of Tule picture writing, (only A and F found, others missing, 5/13/76), collected and partially interpreted by A.G. Cleveland. 30 pages in 12 in x 5 in black notebook. Typescript of the interpretations, with carbon copy, 8 pages each. (For negatives of the picture writing samples, see S.I. Negative Numbers 49,394-A-N). Picture writing, 33 pages, in 9 in x 7 in notebook. "Dictionary and interpretation of the San Blas Indian Language, as interpreted by A.G. Cleveland," 91 pages, handwritten, in 12 in x 5 in black notebook. Two manuscript maps of the San Blas coast, drawn by A.G. Cleveland.
NAA MS 4451-a
The San Blas Coast
Dictionary and interpretation of the San Blas Indian Language, as interpreted by A.G. Cleveland
His appended note and personal communication indicates that Captain Oliver drafted the manuscript in 1916, basing it on his experience while serving in the U. S. S. Bancroft in 1902-03; the photographs were collected sometime between 1902 and 1916.
NAA MS 4746
OPPS NEG 55,584-587
Photographs copied as Negative Numbers 55,584-587.
Contents as follows: "The White Indians or the Primitive White People of Southeastern Panama." Brockport, New York, October, 1923. 35 pages, typed, 7 photographs. "The Marsh Darien Expedition of 1924." 18 pages, handwritten, signed by R.O. Marsh. "The Discovery of the White Indians of Panama, as told by R.O. Marsh, their discoverer, to Watson Davis." Special newspaper feature, produced by Science Service, Inc., Washington, D.C. Copyright 1924 by Science Service. 22 pages, mimeo.
NAA MS 4550
The White Indians or the Primitive White People of Southeastern Panama
The Marsh Darien Expedition of 1924
The Discovery of the White Indians of Panama, as told by R. O. Marsh, their discoverer, to Watson Davis
Photographs depicting villages and people of the San Blas Islands made or collected by Gilbert Tower during his work in Panama. The prints are mounted on unbound pages, probably from an album.
Gilbert S. Tower was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and engineer for the Panama Canal. He visited the San Blas Islands on a one-day excursion, which was sponsored by the Panamanian government, while working on the canal in 1921.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 2011-37
Location of Other Archival Materials:
National Museum of Natural History Department of Anthropology Collections holds Cuna artifacts collected by Gilbert Tower (accession 327937).
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Photo Lot 2011-37, Gilbert S. Tower photographs of Cuna people of the San Blas Islands, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.