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Kuna Kantule hat
ca. 1924
Darién Province, Panama
Palm leaves, macaw and harpy feathers, reed, cotton cord

Still very much in use today, the Kantule hat is worn exclusively during the three-to-five-day Inna Suit, or girl’s puberty celebration. During this ceremony the Kantules (Flute Men) are considered the sole authorities in their Kuna community. As a young girl is painted black with the juice of the jagua fruit, has her hair cut, and is given a new name, two Kantules chant and play flutes while the community dances around them.

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