Stories about Indigenous from February, 2009
Trinidad & Tobago: Love of Pan
“Today Carnival belongs to all Trinidadians – each year it expands and breathes a healing breath into the nation's pysche”: My Chutney Garden attends Panorama and offers a glimpse into the history of steel pan music.
Bolivia: New Authorities Take Power in Marka Dalence
Virginio Sandy describes and posts photos of the consecration and taking of power by the new indigenous authorities in his community of Marka Dalence [es] in the Department of Oruro, Bolivia.
Trinidad & Tobago: Traditional ‘Mas
Trinidad-based Caribbean Free Radio‘s most recent podcast “takes us to Belmont, a community rich in carnival history…for a chat about the ups and downs of making traditional, hand-crafted mas’ in an age of mass production.”
Trinidad & Tobago: The Bailouts Begin
The global financial crisis hit home in the Caribbean last Friday when it was announced that regional giant CL Financial, a conglomerate that was reputedly responsible for creating as much as 25% of Trinidad and Tobago's GDP with interests ranging from life insurance to methanol production, was in crisis. As the government scrambled to save the day with a bailout, bloggers were already commenting on the potential impact of the massive financial faux pas...
Lebanon: “Being Black in Lebanon means…”
“Being black in Lebanon means you’re a servant. It means that if you’re sitting on the bus, people will solicit you to come to their house and clean for the going rate of 7,000 L.L./hour,” writes Jane Rubio on what a black person may experience when in Lebanon.
Jamaica: 50 Years of Reggae
“No matter the label attached to it, Reggae continues to uphold its tradition of speaking on social, political, religious, and sexual issues…”: Life, Unscripted, on the Rock is celebrating Jamaica's “reggaelution”.