Introduction To The Cultural Aspect Of Puerto RicoPresentation Transcript
Introduction to the Cultural Aspect of Puerto Rico Brought to you by these fine folks: Patti Rodriguez Joe Tenorio Mike Camacho Carissa Pangelinan
Ethnic Makeup of Puerto Rico
Hispanics who may be of any race, were 98.9% of Puerto Rico’s population
a central issue in Puerto Rican education and culture since 1898. 1930, US authorities insisted upon making English the language of instruction in the schools.
After US acquired Puerto Rico in 1898, Protestantism grew in influence and popularity, with all major sect represented
Some islanders ascribe to spiritualism
Others practice Santeria
Music and Dance
long tradition of folk songs and romantic ballads based on African & Spanish rhythms such as decimas
Puerto Rican musicians have contributed greatly to the creation of Latin jazz & more recently to innovations in salsa, a genre of Latin music
Opera, ballet and popular concerts also take place throughout the year.
Art and Literature
A persistent theme in much of the island’s literature is the quest for individual and national identity Puerto Rican writers often focus on political and social topics.
Poetry has played an important role in Puerto Rico’s cultural and social history - Manuel A. Alfonso
Puerto Rican Foods
Although Puerto Rican cooking is somewhat similar to both Spanish and Mexican cuisine It is a unique tasty blend of Spanish, African, Taíno, and American influences
D. Locals call their cuisine "cocinacriolla"(Créole cooking) 1) can be traced back to the Arawaks and Tainos, the original inhabitants of the island 2)who thrived on a diet of corn, tropical fruit, and seafood. 3)When Ponce de León arrived in 1493 the Spanish added - beef, pork, rice, wheat, and olive oil to the island's foodstuffs 4) Soon after, the Spanish began planting sugarcane and importing slaves from Africa, - who brought with them okra and taro (known in Puerto Rico as yautia). E. The mingling of flavors and ingredients passed from generation to generation among the different ethnic groups that settled on the island, resulting in the exotic blend of today's Puerto Rican cuisine.