How does the history of Haiti help explain modern-day issues there? Haitians are constantly living in fear whether it’s a natural disaster or leaders who rule in fear and tortured and killed approximately 30,000 people due to political reasoning. Haiti has a long dark history which constantly affects them in their daily lives now. Not only does Haiti have a dark past but they are the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere today which affects many others. About 200 years ago, Haiti had to pay an indemnity to France so independence would be recognized allowing them to provide for themselves.
Sharing the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, Haiti occupies a affluent, lush land in a key location. Religion is a fundamental part of Haitian life and culture. The two main religions are Roman Catholicism and Voudou, or Voodoo, a mixture of African animism (belief in spirits and nature) and Christianity. Haiti’s culture consists of large blend of traditional customs of French and African, mixed with sizable contributions from the Spanish and indigenous Taino culture. Haiti’s culture is greatly reflected in it’s paintings, music, and literature.
Many people can’t seem to comprehend why Haitian’s have so much pride in their flag and culture itself. They question the actions and the reason that a flag day was even created. I believe we Haitians have so much pride and joy because we know what it felt like growing up Haitian and how much things have evolved. By the end of this paper, I hope you gain a better understanding of our pride. Jean-Jacques Dessalines a military leader and one of the founding fathers of Haiti was the first to create the Haitian flag.
Introduction I. (Attention Getter) Video II. (Relevancy Statement)- Haiti located in the subtropics on the western third of Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Caribbean, which it shares with Dominican Republic, our neighbor islands include Cuba, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. III. (Credibility Statement) - My family are from Haiti, I was born there then moved here with my mother when I was 11.
Haiti and West African tribes usually gathered together to worship spirits of ancestors using dancing, singing, and different rituals that would bring back the dead. In Haiti their ceremonial events included a priest or priestess and they would own a type of animal such as a chicken to the loa. The individual who wanted to have the ceremony performed then asks the spirits and ancestors for assistance on solving problems. The Africans in Haiti gained a phenomenal amount of power and strength because when times got rough they kept fighting to survive. Haitians have different ways of practicing and reciting rituals as New Orleans or anywhere else, the main component that ties them together is the
Inspired from vocal interpretations of Vodou ceremonial songs and popular secular melodies, Creole Songs of Haiti, became a popular record back in the 1950s. Not only does it include ‘legendary’ Haitian singer, dancer, and folklorist Emerante de Pradines, but also features an all-male chorus Michele Dejan Group. This album has a special place in 1950s because of the folklore movement that was taking place in Haiti. This album was one of the first to stretch the boundaries of traditional arts. This was partly due to collaborators, like the Michele Dejan Group, that would arrange traditional Haitian tunes and turn them into “liturgical or full choral settings”.1 Haitian Vodou plays a large role on the influence of the lyrics in this album.
Most obviously, because life in Haiti is terrible. If the American government denies you permission to return, you’ll live in dire poverty, die sooner, live under a brutal, corrupt regime, and be cut off from most of the people you want to
Haiti was once a beautiful country but was soon destroyed and corrupted by the greed of their president. Haiti today is faced a dreadful financial hardship. This country surpassed by its attractiveness and past aspect, alongside the modesty and civilization of its people. Haiti, the land of several stunning mountains and society, is
Everyone can enjoy the journey of life with people that do not hate each other, but they will always help to make everybody worth it. In Haiti 59% of the population lives on less than $2.42 a day (Brown & Smith). Without much money to survive from the hurricane, the community is torn apart. Everyone in the community is struggling to help and stay happy because of the massive destruction. Also, The Giver states that the elders are in charge of the community so no one is being treated unfair (Lowry).
In order to fully understand what took place in the Haitian Revolution, one must also be cognizant of why the revolution occurred in the first place. Before the Haitian Revolution, there were five distinct social groups on Saint-Domingue, now called Haiti. The white