Today was fantabulous!
We learned about the multifaceted influences on modern day “Dominicanos.” After reading about how the indigenous Taino, Spanish, and African cultures have been fused together in Dominican artistic expression seen and heard in music, “Carnival” masks as well as the intricate dance movements of salsa, merengue, and salsa, we had the opportunity to express ourselves and what we learned while making masks and dancing. We learned more specific details about this fusion when we met both Dario “El Gato” Victorian (our mask making teacher) and Paul Rosado (our dance instructor). We also tried mangu, mashed green bananas, and a typical Dominican snack, empanadas, which were a major hit for the kids. All in all, Dominicans are very proud yet humble people whom embrace their history and all who come to visit their fascinating country.