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Cultural Corner: Llamas

Cultural Corner: Llamas

The llama is a domesticated animal that has played an important role in South American culture for thousands of years. Pre-Columbian indigenous cultures used their soft wool to make clothing especially in Peru. The clothing worn by the indigenous populations features geometric patterns and beautiful vibrant colors. The clothing also often shows the village people come from. Ponchos, blankets and […]

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Cultural Corner: Alebrijes

Cultural Corner: Alebrijes

Alebrijes are a popular type of Mexican folk art that made out of papier-mâché, wood and harder carton materials that feature mythical creatures. They are very popular in Oaxaca, a region on the West Coast, that has long been known for it’s amazing art scene. This area produces a special type of alebrije made out of the local copal tree, which is said to have […]

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Cultural Corner: Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats of Bolivia

Cultural Corner: Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats of Bolivia

The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. It is approximately 10,000 km² or 4000 mi.² in size. It is found in the southwest of Bolivia at 12,000 feet above sea level. Bolivia is a landlocked country located in south America. Bolivia has approximately 11,000,000 people and is a pluralistic society. There are people of Spanish, African and Asian descent as well as the local indigenous and mestizo population. The Salar de Uyuni is one of Bolivia’s most popular tourist destinations.

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Cultural Corner: La Catrina

Cultural Corner: La Catrina

The image of La Catrina can be seen all over Mexico in particular during the festivities of Day of the dead. She takes the form of an elegantly dressed Lady from the turn of the 20thCentury. She wears one of the enormous hats that were in fashion at the time including a large feather but her face is that of a grinning skeleton.

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Cultural Corner: Mexican Flag

Cultural Corner: Mexican Flag

The flag of Mexico was developed in 1821, the year in which Mexico became independent from Spain. The flag has changed several times since 1821, with the most recent design adopted in 1968. From the beginning it has presented three vertical stripes in green, white and red, since these were the colors of the National Liberation Army of Mexico. In addition, there is the symbol of an eagle that appears in the middle in the white stripe.

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Cultural Corner: Paella

Cultural Corner: Paella

Paella is a popular dish of the Valencia region in Spain. Although it has ancient roots, its modern version was created in the mid-nineteenth century.

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Cultural Corner: Carnival

Cultural Corner: Carnival

Carnival is celebrated throughout the Catholic world approximately five weeks before Easter every year. It is a time of celebration.

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Cultural Corner: Latin Countries Trivia Challenge!

Cultural Corner: Latin Countries Trivia Challenge!

Name the Spanish speaking country these people are from!

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Weihnachten ~ German Christmas

Weihnachten ~ German Christmas

Weihnachtsabend ist der 24. Dezember. Weihnachten ist ein Familienfest.

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Spanish Culture: Traditional Clothing

Spanish Culture: Traditional Clothing

The traditional clothing of the Hispanic world varies a lot by country.  Some items go back to the pre-conquest indigenous traditions while others are more recent. In this blog, I will discuss two common articles of clothing: the sombrero and poncho as well as one lesser-known item, the huipil a traditional blouse of Central America.

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