Even though the jungle people of Panama protect their privacy with poison darts and the penalty was death for strangers caught on the nearby islands after sundown, a pioneering female photojournalist from Emmetsburg dared to live with them and became their friend. In the early 1960s, Marjorie Mills Vandervelde studied primitive cultures around the globe with a passion that made a difference in her life as well as theirs.
She has written a stack of books, some for children intended to teach respect for native people, with the desire to build bridges between primitive cultures and the so called, educated world.
Marjorie’s photographs, magazine articles and books speak volumes about the unfamiliar lifestyle of the people of Panama. She points out cultural differences but also our common human nature.