MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE:THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ROSEIBY DAJER
If all of the world’s cultural heritage was contained in a time capsule,what would you include to demonstrate the legacy of your country?
This gold-plated disk is an exampleof a time capsule project that hadthe intention of encompassing ourcivilization in one document; andby extension, the world’s culturalheritage.This is one of the Golden Recordssent on two Voyager missions intodeep space. Source: NASA JPL.
The purpose of the Golden Record is to convey in different mediums of expression (symbols, sounds, graphs) what life on Earth is like for a non- terrestrial intelligent being. The records included greetings in 55 different languages, select photographs, and music from all over the world.Source: Goldenrecord.org, NASA JPL.
Other time capsule projects have focused ondelivering a message to humans in othercontinents or in distant generations.Think of the archetypical message in abottle.Or the exciting Rosetta Stone Project.This project seeks to give future generationsa tool to understand all human languages. Source: BBC, Blue Sky Disney
In the following slides I will include the most important elementsof Dominican culture to convey to earthlings, future generations,and –who knows– even non-human beings, the riches in this tinyCaribbean half-island.Sadly, the Dominican Republic was not directly included in theGold Records sent into space but I will replicate the format usedby NASA in this time capsule. Buckle up!
WELCOME TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!GREETING “¡A buen tiempo!”Literally, it means “good timing” or “just in time.”Idiomatically it means, “welcome, you’re just in time to share this.”This expression is used when you walk in on someone who is eating.Dominicans are well-know for their hospitality and how they go out of theirway to please guests and tourists.
WELCOME TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!GASTRONOMY The Dominican Flag The quintessential Dominican dish –a food combination that we can have from Monday to Monday at noon– consists of rice, red beans, beef stew, lettuce, tomatoes with vinaigrette, fried plantains, and avocado. Dominicans call this plate “the Dominican flag.” Curiously, it does not include seafoodSource: Santo Domingo Times like one would expect at an island.
WELCOME TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!MUSIC “Juan Luis Guerra – La Bilirrubina”La Bilirrubina represents the Dominican Republic in multiple ways.• You will not find bilirrubina as Juan Luis speaks of it in the Royal Spanish Academy. This romantic song is not talking about bilis. That is because Dominicans love to make up words, and la bilirrubina is one example.• The pursuit and ending of a relationship is a popular theme in our music.• Juan Luis Guerra is one of the most famous singers in the history of the country.• Merengue is a musical genre created in the Dominican Republic. It has been popularized all over the world now.
WELCOME TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!LANDMARKS Duarte PeakThe highest peak in theCaribbean.A test of endurance forthe locals.Having limited space in atime capsule, I wouldchoose to highlight thispeak to show the varietyof climates in our land,and…
WELCOME TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!LANDMARKS Virgin BeachesEven though millions of touristshave explored this island, there’sstill sandy beaches and deepreserves where nature is king.
WELCOME TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!SPORT BaseballThe most popular sport.The Dominican Dream.Unites Dominicans nomatter the religion,education, politicalaffiliation.
WELCOME TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!LITERATURE Pedro Mir and Junot Díaz The old and the new. Pedro Mir: Dominican poet. Famous for “Hay un país en el mundo,” an ode to the Dominican Republic. Junot Díaz: represents the new Dominican literature. Expands the usual realist theme. Famous for the Pulitzer-winner “The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”
WELCOME TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!PAINTING Juan Mayí An abstract painter inspired by Caribbean colors.Guillo PérezAn expressionist painter. Main theme is life in thecountryside.
WELCOME TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!FASHION Jenny Polanco and Oriett Domenech The most famous Dominican designer is Oscar de la Renta. However, Jenny and Oriett represent the old and new of Dominican fashion. Jenny Polanco: A traditional yet timeless style. Mainly structured linen shirts and dresses embellished with amber and larimar, two stones that are rarely found elsewhere in the world. Oriett Domenech: The new. Represents how the DR is keeping up with international trends. These two pictures also show that the Dominican woman can freely choose what to wear yet is very conscious to look impeccable.
WELCOME TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC! ARCHITECTURE Santo Domingo Skyline The first cathedral in theCaney Tower has 38 stories, making it the tallest building Americasin the DR.
WELCOME TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!US Diversity The Dominican Republic has been inhabited by Tainos, Africans, and Europeans. Humans, just as Dominicans, come in different colors, statures, and a variety of features. But there is one facial feature on most of them… Source: epicparenting.com
WELCOME TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!LEGACY A Smile Dominicans think of themselves as happy people. In 2009, the DR ranked as 2nd in the Happy Planet Index. Notwithstanding poverty and other social dilemmas, Dominicans manage to have a smile on their faces. If a future generation or a non-earthling wants to know who we are. I would want to transmit this message: happy beings.