National Anthropological Archives

MS 4490 Pictographic map of San Blas coast prepared by Chief Igwa Nigdibippi for John P. Harrington

Collection ID:
Nigdibippi, Chief Igwa
Physical Description:
1 Map
145 x 238 cm.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Pictographic map of the Caribbean coastline of Panama with Kuna place-names and various drawings of persons and events. 7 drawings on 12" by 9" manila paper sewn onto map. The name "EQUAEGEPIPI" is lettered in two places on the map. The map is rolled-up and in brittle condition.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Chief Igwa Nigdibippi (possibly also known as Chief Golman), from Agligandi Island, visited Washington, D.C. in 1924 with members of the Marsh-Darien expedition. It is uncertain whether he painted the map during this visit.

Existence and Location of Copies
A glass negative (BAE GN 4304) was made of the right half of the map and published in Frances Densmore's "Study of Tule Music," SMC 77:11 Plate 4, 1926. See catalog record for BAE GN 4304 for digital image of the glass negative. Reference prints of the map can be found in the NAA's file prints collection.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Due to the fragile condition of the map, access is restricted to digital images unless permission has been obtained to look at the original.
Manuscript 4490, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Other Archival Materials
Other Archival Materials
See NAA INV 04280902 for photo of Chief Igwa Nigdibippi working on map.

More Information
Local Numbers
Local Numbers
BAE Neg 4304
OPPS Neg 44,252
NAA MS 4490

Local Note
Local Note
Information about the conservation treatment of the map can be found at

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
San Blas Islands (Panama) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Maps Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Works of art Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Guna (Kuna) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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