Colombia es pasion

Colombia has problems for sure–but its people are still proud of rich traditions and their land!  Do you hear that acordion?–that Vallenato, that Cumbia??? :)  Check out the diversity of musicians/singers in light of everything we’ve learned about diaspora.

Where Children Sleep

Where Chilren Sleep is a new design book by James Mollison.  It’s phenomenal–you see the picture of the child (children pictured from around the world and very different realities) next to a picture of the place (s)he sleeps.  This is particularly relevant to us when we consider conditions in Spanish-speaking countries along with other parts of the world.  The link below takes you to a virtual version of the book.

African Diaspora

We do a lot with discovering Native Americans and with European influence on Latin American Cultures and Language, but we pay too little attention to the African influence, in my humble opinion.  Here are some resources that better equip us to understand this area.

An overview over at Cultural Diplomacy dot org

Another overview from Colorado College.

Afro Cuba Web

Music!  AfroMix

Carribean Culture Center African Diaspora Institute or CCCADI (You can find out a lot about upcoming celebratory events.)

Royal Geographic Society‘s Journeys Site.  (Wonderful collection of photos here.)

The African Music Encyclopedia.  (Very important to Latin American culture/music!)

Records of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Voyages.  You can even explore their African Names database.

UNESCO’s The Slave Route publications.

York University in Canada has a great digital library of studies in African Diaspora (history).

LANIC from The University of Texas has a wonderful list here.  They include The Miami Herald‘s 2007 Project called A Rising Voice which is very well-done.  There are movement-oriented organizations like the Afro-Latin ProjectAfroPresencia is great for news on related topics and current information.  If you scroll down past the first menu, they have a list of links by country.  Let’s raise our consciousness about the huge importance of African influence on the cultures we’re studying so dilligently in our Spanish classes!

In a general sense, during Black History Month, it’s also great to know about resources that deal with our own local history.  Ever visited the Civil Rights Digital Library?  Or UVA’s related electronic text center?  For a nice world-wide approach that pays special attention to media, visit VoxAfrica!

Thanks to FotoSearch for the clip art!