Culture and Customs of Haiti

Culture and Customs of Haiti

Book - 2001
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Haiti is the only country that is considered Latin American but has a language and culture that are predominantly French and a population that is primarily of African descent. It is also the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and a country of extremes. Culture and Customs of Haiti fleshes out the evolution of this diverse society through discussions of the Haitian people, history, religion, social customs, media, literature and language, and performing and visual arts. This much-needed resource gives students and other readers a balanced picture of a Caribbean nation known in the United States mainly for its "boat people," the Duvalier dictatorships, and "voodoo."

Greenwood Pub Group
Examines Haiti's people and society, history, religion, social customs, media, literature and language, and arts.

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Largely unstudied and usually misunderstood, Haiti is a puzzle for most North Americans, especially now as the small Caribbean country rapidly modernizes. Historical Haitian apprehension towards attempts to interpret their culture had previously limited attempts at comprehensive social studies. Recently, though, Haitians have adopted more modern and open attitudes toward foreigners. Dash (French, New York U.) has attempted to take advantage of this trend in his book, which includes a historical overview of the country; an examination of the religions, social customs, literature and language as well as the emerging art (performing and visual), architecture, mass media and cinema; and a b&w photo essay. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2001
ISBN: 9780313304989
Branch Call Number: 972.94 DASH
Characteristics: xvii, 161 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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