by James Howe
A vivid photographic study of a key event in the life of the island Guna people of Panama. As each young Guna woman reaches puberty, her village celebrates with two festivals, one of them lasting three days, with drinking, dancing, chanting, ritual, and endless talk. The photographs presented here, taken with the express permission of Guna authorities, represent an extraordinary level of trust between the photographer and the people portrayed. The Guna Cultural Congress is co-publisher of the volume, along with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.