Kuna Crafts, Gender, and the Global Economy by Karin E. Tice

By Karin E. Tice

Brightly coloured and intricately designed, molas became well-liked by dealers around the usa, Europe, and Japan, lots of whom have by no means heard of the San Blas Kuna of Panama who make the cloth photos that beautify the garments, wall hangings, and different items we buy.

In this research, Karin Tice explores the impression of the commercialization of mola construction on Kuna society, some of the most very important, but least studied, social alterations to happen in San Blas during this century. She argues that faraway from being a cohesive strength, commercialization has ended in social differentiation among the genders and between Kuna ladies dwelling in several components of the zone. She additionally situates this political financial heritage inside a bigger worldwide context of foreign exchange, political intrigue, and ethnic tourism to provide insights pertaining to advertisement craft creation that observe a ways past the Kuna case.

These findings, in accordance with vast ethnographic box examine, represent very important examining for students and scholars of anthropology, women's experiences, and economics. additionally they supply an indigenous point of view at the twentieth-century model of Columbus's landing—the arrival of a cruise send bearing filthy rich, souvenir-seeking tourists.

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