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One-day conference, "Panama and its Indigenous People," coming to Flagler in October

Sep 15, 2022

This fall, Flagler College is proud to host a one-day conference, “Panama and its Indigenous People,” as a part of National Hispanic Heritage month on Oct. 15 across various campus locations. The conference is coordinated by Dr. Eugenia Charoni, associate professor of romance languages at Flagler.

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This conference will host Mrs. Sogui Diaz travelling from the Kuna Yala indigenous group of the Central American country, Panama. Her travel here and this conference is made possible by a $5,000 grant awarded by Florida Humanities in conjunction with The National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Last semester, Dr. Charoni led a spring break study abroad trip to Panama taking students across the Emebra Drua, Embera Maje and Kuna Yala indigenous territories. On this trip, students were able to experience and learn about these groups’ culture, history and language.

One of the indigenous leaders, Mrs. Sogui Diaz, Dr. Charoni cultivated a relationship with through her research and on this trip will be the featured speaker of this conference. As a representative of the Kuna Yala indigenous group, she will share her culture, history, artifacts, dance, music and language with guests of the conference.

In addition five of the students who joined Dr. Charoni on her Panama trip will give presentations on what they learned through their interactions with and research related to the indigenous groups.

To close out the conference, the Panamanian folklore group Viva Panama will perform live to showcase the diversity of Panama, a blend of colonial and western times with the strong indigenous presence.

The conference is free and open to the public.  All events are located in the Ringhaver Student Center, with specific rooms noted in the event schedule.


Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 15, 2022

9:00 am - 9:20 am | Opening remarks | Dr. Charoni, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Dr. Michael Butler, Chair of the Humanities Department |Presentation of the speaker Mrs. Sogui Diaz | Virginia Room

9:30 am - 9:50 am | Intercultural Bilingual Education | Dr. Charoni | Virginia Room

10:00 am - 10:45 am | Flagler students’ presentations moderated by Dr. Charoni - Panama and its Diversity | Virginia Room

11:00 am - 11:50 pm | Kuna Yala – History and Culture - Sogui Diaz| Kuna Yala Art: Mola and its significance in the Kuna cosmovision and revolution (1925) | Virginia Room

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Lunch break

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm | Kuna language workshop by Mrs. Sogui Diaz | Virginia Room

2:10 pm - 2:45 pm | Traditional Kuna Dances (recorded) and music instrument presentation - Sogui Diaz | Virginia Room

3:00 pm - 4:20 pm | Presentation of folklore dances from the PanamanianDance Group Viva Panamá  | Gamache-Koger Theater

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm | Closing remarks by Dr. Charoni and Mrs. Sogui Diaz | Gamache-Koger Theater 


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