This older woman shows off her jewelry with pride before taking the floor to lead the dances. In many villages the elders tend to shy away from visitors with cameras and if they do submit to photos they stiffen into somber poses. Puerto Lara is unique in that the village has become renowned for their art, music and dance and the people are very relaxed, warm and open to outsiders. 

Puerto Lara, Darien, Panama.


Jean-Philippe Soule 2001