Wounaan in Panama


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Wounaan are one of the Embera peoples of Colombia, though a smaller number live in Panama. Their name means, “Good man” or “friendly people.”


What Are Their Lives Like?

Wounaan families fish together for the common good. They use nets and spears for their catch. This tribe finds valuable things in the forest to use and sell: nuts, fruits, wood, construction materials for their homes, medicines, ornaments and even gold. They are starting to cultivate farms for their food supply, and the land is owned by the community. Each Wounaan village has a church, a store, a school, a medical clinic and a meeting place.
Men wear a comfortable loincloth. Women wear skirts made from palm fibers, though colorful cloth is being introduced. Men and women both paint their bodies using a substance that lasts 10 days.
The Wounaan have special ceremonies for life events like births and when a child comes of age to be considered an adult. They celebrate with much singing, dancing and drinking a sugarcane based beverage. Their favorite instruments are drums and flutes. The destruction of their rainforest habitat threatens to drastically change their way of life.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Christianized, but their traditional beliefs are being reintroduced as being part of their culture.


What Are Their Needs?

The Wounaan need protection from outside forces that threaten to destroy their livelihood and way of life.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to protect the Wounaan people from those who will abuse their land.
Pray for them to look to Jesus Christ for all their spiritual needs, forsaking all other gods.
Pray for Wounaan disciples to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Wounaan in Panama.


References

https://www.nativefuture.org/wounaan
https://nomadictribe.com/tribes/the-embera-wounaan


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Wounaan
People Name in Country Wounaan
Alternate Names Chanco; Nonama; Waumeo
Population this Country 8,900
Population all Countries 24,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15893
ROP3 Code 110724
ROP25 Code 308763
ROP25 Name Wounaan
Country Panama
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Darien, Emberá, and Panama provinces: southeast lowlands along Panama Bay.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Panama
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Darien, Emberá, and Panama provinces: southeast lowlands along Panama Bay..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
65.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
5.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Woun Meu (8,900 speakers)
Language Code noa   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Woun Meu (8,900 speakers)
Language Code noa   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Woun Meu
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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