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Cuna (Kuna) Language

Cuna is a Chibchan language of Central America, spoken by more than 50,000 people in southeastern Panama and northwestern Colombia. Two varieties of the Cuna language, one known as San Blas or Island Cuna and the other as Border or Mountain Cuna, are usually treated as dialects of a single Cuna language, but some linguists consider them to be closely related but distinct languages.

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Cuna Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Cuna Words
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Cuna language, with comparison to words in other Chibchan languages.
Cuna Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Cuna words.
Cuna Numbers:
    Worksheet showing how to count in Cuna.
Language map of Panama: * Indigenous Northern Colombia:
    Maps showing the areas where the Kuna dialects are spoken.
Border Kuna Phonology:
    Linguistic chart of phonemes in the Kuna language.
     Information on the Kuna language, including linguistic maps of Panama and Colombia. Page in Spanish.
Dulegaya (Kuna)
     Brief overview of Cuna phonology.
Border Kuna Papers:
    Archive of linguistics papers on Kuna, in English and Spanish.
Lord's Prayer in San Blas Kuna * Hail Mary in Border Kuna:
    Translations of Christian prayers into the Cuna language.
House of Languages: Kuna:
    Information about Kuna language usage.
San Blas Kuna Language * Border Kuna Language
     Demographic information on the Kuna from the Ethnologue of Languages.
San Blas Cuna Language Tree * Border Cuna Language Tree:
    Theories about Cuna's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Kuna Language Structures:
    Kuna linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Critical and comparative grammar of the Cuna language
     Book on the Cuna Indian language for sale online.
Kuna Ways of Speaking * Verbal Art in San Blas Kuna
     Books on Kuna sociolinguistics.

Cuna Culture and History Links

The Cuna People
     Article on the history and culture of the Cuna tribe.
The Kuna Indians
     Description of Kuna Indian life, with pictures of traditional clothing.
Cuna Society
     Brief ethnography of the Cuna (Kuna) Indian tribe.
Kuna Authors:
    Kuna writers, their lives and work.
Flag of the Kuna Indians of Panama:
    Picture and description of the flags of the Cuna and other indigenous Panamanian people.

Books For Sale On The Cuna Indians
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Kuna Crafts, Gender, and the Global Economy * The Art of Being Kuna
     Ethnographies of the Cuna Indians for sale online.
Cuna Indian Art * Molas: Folk Art of the Cuna Indians * Mola: Cuna Life Stories and Art
     Books on Kuna Indian art.
Stories, Myths, Chants, and Songs of the Kuna Indians
     Collection of traditional Cuna Indian literature.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Endangered Languages Project: Kuna:
Bibliography of Kuna language resources.
  Wikipedia: Kuna * Britannica: Cuna:
  Encyclopedia articles about the Kuna people and their language.
  El Pueblo Kuna * Los indios tule * Los Cuna:
  Information about the Kuna Indians in Spanish.

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