Note: Pierre Gaisseau explains material on his tapes of the indigenous Guna (formerly known as Kuna) of Panama. These include recordings of rituals for funeral and for a difficult birth (incorporating a creation myth). Images of the mother's womb as a jar and as a hammock. Women sing love songs and lullabies. Shamans (all male) are trained, memorize rituals. Clairvoyants are born (often with a caul). Can be female. Alan Lomax: They sing more lullabies than any people I know. Guna means "cradle" in Spanish, doesn't it? Pierre Gaisseau on the history of the term "Guna" since the time of Columbus. Origin of the Guna on Pacific coast. Place names. Historical evidence from Juan de la Costa and Dampier's surgeon who lived with the Indians. Guna customs are the same but vocabulary doesn't correspond.
About the session: Alan Lomax interviews Pierre Gaisseau about his recordings of the Guna of Panama
The rights to the audio, photographic, and video materials contained within the Lomax Digital Archive are administered by various publishers, record labels, collectors, estates, and other rights holders. Any uses, commercial or not, must be cleared by the specific rights holders. For questions regarding the use of any material on the LDA, please contact Permissions.
Do you have something to add, or do you see an error in this record? We'd love to
hear from you.