CUNA SCRIPT


Why are the Scholars not interested?

For the first time on Internet, here is an example of a precolumbian writing system in South America that the academe does not seem to be interested in at all...

Cuna script seems quite similar to Parejhara script, another pre-columbian Native South American script also discussed on my webpage. Parejhara is also a hieroglyphic script featuring quite a few human body postures and gestures.

What do these Cuna documents say? They usually narrate the traditional histories of Cuna people, their foundational legends, as well as some other useful information, such as about medicinal herbs and plants in the area, and how to prepare medicines. Also these documents sometimes contain various spells that may help people in difficult situations. All early European observers agreed that the Cuna had their writing system before the Europeans came.

These illustrations are taken from:

CALL NUMBER: F 1565.2 .C8P52 TITLE: Picture-writings and other documents / by Nele and Ruben Perez Kantule.

EDITION: 1st AMS ed. PUBLISHED: New York : AMS Press, 1979. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 93, 75 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

SUBJECTS: Cuna Indians -- Writing Cuna Indians -- Religion and mythology Cuna language -- Texts Indians of Central America -- Panama -- Writing Indians of Central America -- Panama -- Religion and mythology

NOTES: Part 2 by Nele, C. Slater, C. Nelson and other Cuna Indians. Reprint of the 1928-1930 ed. published in 2 v. by E. Nordenskiold, Goteborg, Sweden, which was issued as v. 7 of Comparative ethnological studies. Includes 8 leaves of plates. Includes bibliographies.

OTHER NAMES: Nele, Cuna Indian chief Nordenskiold, Erland, 1877-1932. SERIES TITLES: Nordenskiold, Erland, 1877-1932. Comparative ethnographical studies ; 7

Also see this,

Carter, George, and Case, James, ON CUNA WRITING, in EPIGRAPHIC SOCIETY OCCASIONAL PUBLICATIONS, 20:232.

About the Cuna Indians (also known as Kuna),

http://www.nmnh.si.edu/biodiversity/aislynn1.htm#Kuna

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