Monday, May 13, 2013

U.S. Navy League meeting in Panamá

Panama Navy League meeting:
We are delighted to have Dr. Stanley Heckadon join us for our monthly dinner tomorrow, May 14th, 2013.

Please RSVP to this email address before 12:00 noon today. If you have already received a response to your confirmation, no need to reply to this email.

Dr. Heckadon's distinguished career spans over 30 years with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Currently, he is Director of Communications and Public Programs, Coordinator, Galeta Point Marine Laboratory, Colón , Panama.

His latest book, "A Creole from Bocas del Toro: The story of Carlos Reid," will be the subject of his talk.  The STRI website says this about the book's subject:

"Dr. Heckadon met Carlos Reid —a black English-speaking Creole turtle fisherman, farmer and preacher— by chance in the 70´s, when, as field anthropologist with the Panamanian government, he was gathering data on the lands of the Guaymi or Ngöbe people. He had planned to search the local archives, but soon learned that the provincial history had vanished during a thunderstorm that set the documents on fire. Looking for sources, Heckadon was directed to Reid, who had lived and traded among the Guaymi.

Fascinated by his accounts, Heckadon recruited his young bride Sonia soon after their wedding in 1976 to take notes and stay with Carlos and wife Bea. Reid saw Heckadon as an emissary of God and spent long hours with him, telling his tales. When the book started to take shape, Heckadon read his notes to Carlos and his peers, a tailor, a carpenter, a boat maker and other Creoles of the community. When he finished... "There was a silence... Then a round of applause."

Please join us for this unique and extraordinary story.

Time: 7:00pm
Date: May 14
Place: Le Meridien Hotel
$30 per person including glass of wine

Kind regards,

Hunter Schultz
Panama U.S. Navy League

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