HaitianCulture
The culture of Haiti is primarily a culture that has strong West African roots, as well as strong French roots due to the French colonization of Haiti. The most beautiful things about Haiti are the Haitian People, the Language, Music, and Arts. And us the Haitian people are STRONG as rock.


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Reblogged from 4hnyc, Posted by nprglobalhealth. Filed under: #Haiti #Ayiti
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In Haiti, An ‘American Idol’-Style Contest About Child Slavery
Haiti’s got talent.
Tamarre Joseph paces the stage, her sleek, short blue dress hugging her pencil-thin frame. She works the hometown crowd, rapping "Nap rive peyi san restavek."
The thousands in the packed stadium jump and sing along. An entire section of men take off their shirts and wave them overhead.
A rain cloud hangs ominously over the national soccer stadium in downtown Port-au-Prince, blocking the view of the mountains beyond. At one end of the stadium sits a stage with the words “Chante Pou Libete” above their English translation: “Songs for Freedom.”
"Nap rive peyi san restavek."
We will be a country without restaveks.
This concert, free to the public, was billed as a way to speak about the unspoken: Haiti’s deplorably large population of restaveks — child slaves.
It’s certainly unusual to have an American Idol-style competition for songs about slavery. And it’s definitely ironic that this event is taking place in the home of the world’s only successful slave revolt.
The 2013 Global Slavery Index ranks Haiti second in the world for modern slavery, with an estimated 200,000 to 220,000 slaves. Only Mauritania is worse. While that number includes adults, the vast majority are minors. Restavek roughly translates to “stay with” in Creole (“avec” is French for with). Often, families from the countryside send young children to live with wealthier families in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. In exchange for a promised better life and education, the child will contribute to household chores like cooking, washing clothes and fetching water.
In thousands of cases, children are forced into servitude: They take on most, if not all, of the household work, they’re beaten and sexually assaulted, they never get the education they hoped to earn.
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Photo :Frantzita Dede, who’s 19, sings “Let’s Help Them” — the child slaves of Haiti.

The Sejoe Show

ALL OF MY HAITIANS: The Sejoe Show out now!!! I promise you will laugh so VIN GRIYEN DAN’W!!! #yesyes #teamsejoe
http://youtu.be/Rqq9AfukmH0

Anse a Galets, la Gonave, 1986.
Port-au-Prince, 1988

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stevebrunache:

L’Union

John Steve Brunache is a Haitian cultural treasure. Listen to the words: anti-colonialism, unity, pride in Haitian culture & history … I wish today’s artists would take notes.

Been listening to him all day…another fave song from him is La Relev

(Source: stevebrunache)

Photograph by: AlDuke

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Sodo, named for the waterfall at Vil Bonè, is the most well known Haitian religious pilgrimage site. It is likely the most popular of sites for religious pilgrimage in the Caribbean. Located just outside of Mirebalais, it is now a 45-minute car ride from Port-au-Prince. In the mid 1800’s, it took several days from Port-au-Prince to get there on horseback. This is how slow transportation was when president Soulouque announced that he heard of a miraculous appearance of Mary, the mother of Jesus. She appeared above a palm tree at Sodo. Soulouque’s government sent a delegation to investigate the miracle. At the time, the government needed to stop people from crossing the new border to the east where rebels had established a new country, the Dominican Republic. Before Mary’s appearance at Sodo, the most popular pilgrimage site on the island of Haiti was Altagracia on the eastern tip of the island.

President Soulouque needed a sacred site on the western side of the island and his investigators determined that Sodo was it. Sodo is a magnificent waterfall created after Levennman, the powerful earthquake of 1842, shattered mountains to create numerous new streams and waterfalls, among them, Sodo.

Throughout the world, waterfalls attract countless people each year. Niagara Falls, the Zambezi Falls, the falls of Yosemite National Park, and Ocho Rios in Jamaica are just a few of the many places that tourist and pilgrims flock to regularly. It appears that people find the sound of waterfalls suiting and relaxing. Hotels that lack natural waterfalls, build artificial ones to provide their guest with a sense of tranquility. Christian Churches commonly avoid natural waterfalls, preferring instead to build artificial water features on Church grounds to conjure the sacred. Sèvitè view the tranquility associated with water as symbolic of the life hereafter and speak of eternal life as life on the other side of the waters, lavi lòt bò dlo.

Soulouque’s reported miracle at Sodo was well received because it was in keeping with the basic human view that magnificent waterfalls are an expression of the divine. Numerous people in Haiti accepted the idea that Mary made an appearance at Sodo for the Haitian people. She appeared above a tree in the same manner that some miracles were reported in the Kongo. It is above trees that Toni Malo and other Ancestors in the Kongo were said to appear to confirm their continued existence in the world of the living. The place where Mary appeared became known as Nan Palm. Mary is the primary female spirit for many Christians. She is reminiscent of Èzili, the principal female motherly spirit from Dahomen. As such many Haitian people associate the miracle at Sodo with Èzili. As a pre-eminent female spirit, in Dahomean tradition, Èzili can also be referred to as Sesi-lo meaning first lady.

Waterfalls are viewed as sacred because as the water cascades and runs its path, it carves the landscape and creates a new terrain. Water can then be seen as an instrument of creation. This is accentuated by the mist created by the falling water giving rise to occasional rainbows. Water as a force assisting in creating the landscape and the rainbows formed at waterfalls make these sites symbolic of Danbala and of Ayida Wèdo who in the Dahomean story of creation were created by God so that the pair would assist in creation. Sodo and Nan Palm are sacred not only to Mary and Èzili, but also to Danbala and Ayida.

In an effort to gain a monopoly over what people considered to be sacred, the Catholic Church asked the American government during the time of the American occupation to uproot Sodo’s sacred palm tree. Since much of what attracts people to Sodo is symbolic, the site can be defaced, but it’s sacred appeal has proven to be beyond the reach of those wishing to do it harm. A recently upgraded road and newly built stairs around the fall have made it easier for people to visit Sodo. This year, the number of pilgrims was more than in previous years.

Today, Haiti remains an island of faith. The eastern side of the island has Altagracia and the western side has Sodo. Every year, thousands flock to Sodo, a site that combines natural wonder with religious fervor.

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Sodo Mwen Prale, Bookmanlit

What happen to our Indian root?

We’re always ready to say that we are French and African yet we ignore our true origin, Indian. Before we became French and African, we were first Indian. 

We always eat the “Kasav” (their cake) with peanut butter, drink their beer(the one with Indian logo…) and many more. But when someone ask us what are we, we quickly say French & African. We failed to remember that AYITI was given to the island by our beloved Taino, our fellow Indian brothers and sisters.

We still follow their archaic way of plantation, we use their method to build our houses, and still live in the same houses they use to live in back in the day.

We must not forget that we were Indians way before we became Africans and French.

Arcadins Islands
Photograph by: Markus Croonenbroeck
The Land of mountains
Photograph by: AlDuke

vivayiti:

Where can we find a recipe book for Haitian dishes?

Check out Amazon.com for the Haitian recipe book.

Here are some website that have Haitian recipe:

http://www.haitian-recipes.com

http://www.everythinghaitian.com

http://www.islandflave.com

Hope that help…

Reblogged from nyaian, Posted by nyaian. Filed under: #Haiti #Ayiti #Mango #Dous
nyaian:

Mango Season Grand Anse, Haiti


Oh Gawd!
Photograph By: luca.gargano