Contact: Fany Avila Eleta
Address: Gosguna Street Seventh-Office No. 72 A-Panama City, Panama. Phone: (507) 250 61 93 - Cell: (507) 69816056. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is an educational project for training 30 girls and youth from the Kuna culture living in the community of Gosguna, an urban slum in the city of Panama, in the traditional art of weaving the Mola, based on the superposition of colorful fabrics sewn with a special stitch that make creative and extraordinary designs which in turn are unique and original, and have earned inclusion in important collections of some art museums in Europe, Asia and America.
Oral history of this native of Mesoamerica, is that the Mola was created by the first Kuna woman, Kikadiryai who came to earth wearing a Mola and was the first who taught Kuna women how to make and use it. In addition to receiving traditional art and design, the girls and youth will be guided to explore its various applications in fashion and in making accessories of an ornamental and / or utilitarian character.
The MUKUA CC is an organization of Kuna women who with outstanding experience, are engaged in the manufacture of the traditional and ancient "MOLA" which is distinguished by its rich color and the technique of manufacture. This CC is devoted to protecting this ancient art, to safeguard the original designs and to ensure a fair price for the Molas as each one is handmade, taking about a month or so to create, depending on its design and size.
Global action (UN, UNESCO, OPI) has incorporated among its objectives the strengthening and revitalization of indigenous cultures, and there are successful experiences and successful indigenous communities which have advanced under their own leadership in strengthening projects of their own culture. Around the world, indigenous peoples and other local communities have shown that they are able to develop and implement projects with sustainable models.
Indigenous peoples around the world have shown that they can respect and live under the principles of multiculturalism.
The reality of the indigenous peoples of Panama is under pressure from economic, business, education, demographics and other factors that adversely affect their environment and therefore their culture.
Kuna Indigenous communities living in Panama City, specifically in the surrounding neighborhoods, are characterized as being a belt of poverty and marginalization, immersed in a strong process of acculturation, resulting in the gradual loss of their ancestral knowledge and practices.
The operation of the Kuna Art School for Design and Manufacture of Molas which engages and empowers young girls of the Kuna culture living in the community of Gosguna located in a poor neighborhood surrounding Panama City, represents a sustainable alternative to the acculturation of these people, and at the same time fosters in the students, the preservation of the old designs, and the recovery of the cultural and spiritual values of traditional knowledge.
Also, Kuna women make a contribution to their domestic economy with this art sold at very reasonable prices and wide distribution, and thus help improve the quality of life for their families. While educating the girls and youth of the community in this art they are ensuring the perpetuation of this income for the future female generations within that community.
To promote and train Kuna girls and youth living in the urban slums of Panama, in the ancient art of design and manufacture of the Mola, to ensure and promote the tradition and perpetuate this art for future generations which is at the same time the instrument for female breadwinners.
Metodología y Recursos:
La capacitación tendrá carácter gradual, y comprende la participación directa de las estudiantes y de los beneficiarios indirectos –habitantes de la comunidad- en todas las fases del proyecto, ya que las alumnas deberán reportar y discutir a lo interno de su comunidad, los temas tratados en clase durante su formación en este arte ancestral. Las mismas educandas podrán entonces actuar como “promotoras” a nivel de la comunidad, favoreciendo la real adquisición de los conocimientos, la valoración de este arte milenario y su difusión.
Se prevé la creación de un Grupo de Coordinación del Proyecto para hacer el respectivo seguimiento, identificar los logros y avances del proyecto conformado por el CC MUKUA conjuntamente con un delegado de las Autoridades Locales y un vocero de los padres y representantes de las treinta (30) niñas.
El CC MUKUA se encargará de la Dirección de la Escuela, dictando los lineamientos para la realización de los Talleres de Capacitación y demás actividades docentes, de extensión y administrativas inherentes a la ejecución del Proyecto. Además será el responsable de evaluar y analizar la ejecución del mismo, que servirá de insumo para elaborar el informe final del año 2013 y para justificar la continuidad del Proyecto en el 2014.