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Artisanal Baskets

Afro-Panamanians are Panamanians of Afro-descent. The first Africans were brought in 1514 and slavery was abolished in 1851. Afro-Panamanian make up 15% of the population. The Afro-Panamanian are in two group the "Afro-Colonial'', Afro-Panamanians descendants from slaves brought to Panama and the "Afro-Antillean'', West Indian immigrants from Trinidad, Barbados, and Jamaica, brought in to work in the Panama Canal. Afro-Panamanians are concentrated in Colon, Cristobal, Balboa, Río Abajo, the Canal Zone, Almirante, Bastimentos and Bocas del Toro. The African influences found in the Garifuna culture are: FOOD- seafood gaucho, sao, breadfruit and saltfish, rondon;  MUSIC AND DANCE- congos and el tamborito.

For Afro-Panamanian History and Culture


History- Afro-Panamanians | Minority Rights Group


History- Afro-Panamanian - Afropedea


Video Activism-


Video Culture, Dance , Religion-


Video Activism-

Afro-Panamanian  Music and Dance Resources 


Info and Video- The Congo Dance of Panama (

Video Congo-

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