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).