The largest island in the West
Indies, it was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Located south
of Florida it is semi tropical and has over 3500 small islands surrounding
the main island. Music and dance personifies the culture especially
the traditional salsa. Cuba’s proximity to Haiti, the United States,
Mexico, and Jamaica has allowed people to migrate easily onto and off
of the island causing a diverse culture.
908-1 Surrealistic Painting:
During the 1950’s a style of art was introduced with an emphasis
on geometric form and color rather than realism. This was influenced
by the Spanish painter Picasso. Next came Surrealism– this is
where the mind and dreams are presented in the painting – there
is also less structure. We create our own painting in this style.
908-2 Hidden Symbol Sugar bowl:
Though most natural resources stay on the island – sugar is its
main export. We create a painted sugar bowl.
908-3 Cuban Tody bird:
The distinctive call of the tody can be heard all over Cuba. These beautiful
multicolored birds are one of only 5 species of todies in the world.
They eye color of the tody varies from blue to brown to gray
908-4 Ruffled Rumba Conga Shakers:
It is difficult to talk about Cuban traditions without including music
and dance. These shakers are of traditional colors and design. Also
called Tumbadoras, the single head Cuban drums originated from Makuta
drums in the Congo. They were first made of hollowed logs with cowhide,
now they are made of fiberglass.