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Cartí Suitupo Review

The closest community to the port of Cartí is the densely populated island of Cartí Suitupo (aka Cartí Sugdub). Here visitors will find a collection of thatched huts, cement stores, and plenty of handicraft hawkers. Near the school is a large thatched building called the Casa de la Cultura, where sahilas (chiefs) from across the province gather once or twice a year. Aside from an opportunity to experience life in a Guna community, the island has a tiny museum dedicated to traditional Guna culture.

Museo de la Cultura Guna. This small, family-run museum is housed in a typical Guna home, with a thatched roof, cane walls, and sand floor. It's packed with the accoutrements of traditional Guna life, such sleeping hammocks, woven baskets and fans, ceremonial wooden staffs and statues, and traps and gear for hunting and fishing. There is also a display of skulls of the animals they hunt for meat in the nearby rain forest. Cartí Suitupo. 507/299–9074. $3. Daily 8–4.

Updated: 09-12-2012

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