San Blas Cuna, Kuna in Panama

Joshua Project has identified the San Blas Cuna only in Panama





Largest Religion

Main Language


Where Are they Located?

The Kuna are spread out amongst the most remote San Blas islands and many have never left their island or village. They have not had any contact with anything else other than their neighbors and family.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They generally live off the land, gathering fruits from trees or fishing in the surrounding water. Their children go to the local school, while men fish or build and the women sew Molas (brightly embroidered cloths with intricate designs) and thread traditional jewelry that will later be brought to sell in town by the few who make the trip.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Beliefs vary according to the village. Many believe in various forms of voodoo and have statuettes guarding their homes. Some villages have a spiritual leader figure, similar to a ''shaman'', who will have dreams that will be later interpreted.

Other villages that have had more contact with the city and foreigners will have mixed several beliefs due to being evangelized then abandoned. They confuse Biblical truths and traditional religious practices, creating churches with followers who are taught differing ideas, according to the views of the appointed pastor.

What Are Their Needs?

Their needs are for evangelists who will not only bring truth to these people, but stay to edify them and raise up pastors according to the Bible that will be able to carry on the process. Some indigenous tribes also have yet to have the Bible translated in their native language, making it even harder for believers to learn more about the Gospel on their own.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General San Blas Cuna
People Name in Country San Blas Cuna, Kuna
Population in Panama 77,000
World Population 77,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kuna
Country Panama
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country San Blas Islands and on the mainland.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kuna, San Blas (77,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kuna, San Blas 77,000
For Primary Language: Kuna, San Blas

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1951-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1970-2009)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Bab dummad Jesucristoba igar mesisad garda Text / Printed Matter
Bible: The Bible in Kuna, San Blas Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Kuna, San Blas Film / Video
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 11.00 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
5.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
75.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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