Kuna Yala

Kuna means “person” and Yala means “mountain” in the language that the kuna tribe calls dulegaya,  “our dialect”.

The Kuna People

The Kuna People have many valuable traditions, including an ancient healing system that has defied both cancer and heart disease. The Kuna’s natural medicine is called Tuleina. The Kuna word for ‘doctor’ or ‘healer’ is Nele. When addressing this person, Nele is used as name and title. The Kuna Tribe is matri-lineal, paying special respect to the woman. Meet Nele Lopez and her devoted husband Laurencio.