Wednesday, January 20, 2010

History of Siuna, Nicaragua Part I (draft)

I have posted the first part of the history as a pdf here.

I welcome your comments and suggestions.

I have been working intermittently on this project since September 2008. The work was part of my Fulbright Grant in Anthropology in Nicaragua from September 2008 to July 2009.

Part II will be coming sometime before June 2010. The next version will have more polished writing and include recent history and more details. I want to transform this somehow into a more academic article in the future. I also hope to get a version translated into Spanish eventually.

A great companion to reading about Siuna are the historical and contemporary photos of Siuna collected by Jim Drebert.

Also helpful for those unfamiliar with the geography of the area is this 1961 map from La Luz Mines Limited (Courtesy of University of Western Ontario Libraries).


  1. A great job with detailed information.
    The ene letter in siunenos might be the second ene in the word siunenos.

  2. Thanks for everyone who has pointed out that it is Siuneños, not Siuñenos.

    I also hope to make the final version much more interactive. For example I have video and tape recordings of some of the quotes I will use, and also I hope to embed some of the many photos that Jim Drebert has collected.

  3. Thanks again for your 'labour-of-love' in compiling a History of Siuna and Area. Little did I know when posting some of my father's photos on Wikipedia's site that I would make so many wonderful contacts as initially yourself and then many others. I look forward to the finished work!

    Best Regards,

    Jim Drebert

  4. How interesting. I lived there as a child with my parents from 1954-56. My Canadian father managed the commissary. I remember if we were to have a meal with the maryknoll sisters, we would have to sneak down to their compound in the back of a covered truck, same with them coming to 'the zone' for a meal. My Mother taught smocking to the native women at the house where the Moravian missionaries lived.
    I look forward to your next article. I hope I can return to Siuna one day. Sharon (Fitzpatrick)

  5. Nice! I lived in Yy river From 1942 to 1954.