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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.

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