Abya Yala is the name for the Americas, which the Kuna Indians had been in Panama and northwestern Colombia that before the arrival of Christopher Columbus and the Europeans. Literally translated from the Kuna language, he means a land full maturity or country of vital blood.
In the 21st century, the concept of multiple organizations, associations and institutions of the indigenous peoples of South America is used, for example, from the publisher Editorial Abya Yala in Quito, Ecuador. The user of this expression across the continent want to be clearly defined from the European designation America. By applying the concept of Abya Yala a certain ideological setting as opposed to the names New World or America is expressed.