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Contributor:Neel, James V., (James Van Gundia), 1915-2000
Description: The Central American materials in the James V. Neel papers consists materials related to Neel's genetics and populations studies among some indigenous people in Costa Rica and Panama, primarily Chibcha and Ngabe peoples. These materials are located in "Series Iia: Amerindian" and "Series IIIa: Amerindian."
Collection:James V. Neel Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.96)
Date:June 10, 1824
Contributor:Salazar, José María, 1785-1828
Description: Letter to John Vaughan in which he transmits a vocabulary of Darien Indians. Acknowledged by Vaughan in letter to Salazer, June 18, 1824.
Collection:American Philosophical Society Archives (APS.Archives)
Contributor:Marsh, Richard Oglesby
Description: The Eugenics Record Office Records consist of 330.5 linear feet of materials relating to the ERO, founded in 1910 for the study of human heredity and as a repository for genetic data on human traits. The Eugenics Record Office Papers (1670-1964) contain trait schedules, newspaper clippings, manuscript essays, pedigree charts, article abstracts, reprints, magazine articles, bibliographies, photographs, hair samples, postcard pictures, card files, and some correspondence which document the projects of the Eugenics Record Office during the thirty-four years of its operation. Kuna (formerly Cuna) materials include thirty-seven black and white 3 ¼" square silver gelatin photographs of the so-called "White Indians of Panama" located in Series I. Trait Files, Box $65, Folder "A:9861. White Indians - San Blas Coast" (1924-1925). As detailed in the accompanying World's Work article "Blond Indians of the Darien Jungle," Richard Olgesby Marsh photographed Kuna albinos in their village in 1924, and also encountered albinos among the indigenous peoples of mainland Panama. References to "White Indians" and "Albino Indians of Panama" also refer to the Kuna, who live in the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama and who have the highest rate of albinism of any ethnic community in the world. Before geneticists discovered the DNA chromosome responsible, Marsh believed that the Kuna were descended from Vikings who arrived in the Americas before Columbus, and convinced the U.S. government to pressure Panama to set up the current autonomous governing structure of the Kuna. Folder "A:97728. Central America" (1925), also in Box #65, contains a list of seven individuals titled "Skin Color...San Blas Indians."
Collection:Eugenics Record Office Records (Mss.Ms.Coll.77)
Contributor:Colman, Seferino | González, Arturo | Lounsbury, Floyd Glenn | Torres de Iannello, Reina | Tipipi, Guayni
Subject:Rites and ceremonies | Ethnography | Folklore | Panama--History | Puberty rites | Birds | Funeral rites and ceremonies | Linguistics
Extent:2 folders; 37 minutes
Description: The main Guna materials in the Floyd Lounsbury Papers (spelled Kuna or Cuna in the finding aid) are audio recordings made by Reina Torres de Iannello, in Series VII, from a reel titled "Panama". Correspondence with Clifford Evans in Series I may provide more context. Correspondence with John Gillespie in the same series compares Kuna to several other languages.
Collection:Floyd G. Lounsbury Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.95)
Description: "Palabras de la lengua Darien o Cunacuna," a vocabulary of 73 items, with 36 phrases and 20 numerals. Compiled by members of the Museum of Natural Sciences at Bogota from manuscript sources.
Collection:Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection (Mss.Ms.Coll.200)
Contributor:Murphy, Robert Cushman, 1887-1973
Description: Volume 38, titled "Choco expedition. 1937. Field work in the launch "Wilpet" between Panama and Ecuador". Primarily concerned with collection of water samples from the Pacific, meteorological data, etc. Some notes and discussion of Indigenous peoples of Colombia and Ecuador. A partial list of groups and places mentioned: Choco, Citara, Noanama, Cholo, Paparo, Tucura(?), and Kuna.
Collection:Robert Cushman Murphy journals (Mss.B.M957)