Procession of Santa María Auxiliadora in Soná, Veraguas, Panama, 1953

ID: SIA2009-0564 and 5109

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander 1886-

Form/Genre: Event

Date: May 24, 1953

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Alexander Wetmore Papers, RU 7006, Box 179, Folder: Panama 1953

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Image of a group of people walking down a street in Soná, Veraguas, Panama. The group is participating in the procession of Santa María Auxiliadora. In the center of the procession are three women holding a banner. The caption notes that Doña María de Martinelli is the woman on the far left in the center and that Doña María Luisa de Sosa is in the woman on the far right in the center. A priest is walking behind the women holding the banner. A church can be seen in the background of the image and the street is lined with electricity poles. The image was taken by Smithsonian Secretary Alexander Wetmore on May 24, 1953, during an ornithological expedition to Panama.


  • de Martinelli, Doña María
  • de Sosa, Doña María


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Image contained in photo album prepared by Alexander Wetmore of his trip to Panama. Wetmore Neg. #5109. A film of this trip, showing the bull-fight and procession, is located in the Watson M. Perrygo Papers, RU 7306.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Alexander Wetmore Papers, RU 7006, Box 179, Folder: Panama 1953

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


May 24, 1953

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  • Rites and ceremonies
  • Women
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Architecture
  • Electricity
  • Banners
  • Children
  • Streets
  • Church buildings
  • Processions
  • Indians of Central America
  • Buildings--Panama
  • Event


  • Panama
  • Soná, Veraguas (Panama)


  • Event
  • Photographic print

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SIA2009-0564 and 5109

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 4.5w x 4.5h; Type of Image:Event; Medium: Photographic print

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