If all of the world´s cultural heritage (sports, music, fashion, architecture, literature, painting, etc..) was contained in a time capsule, what would you include to demonstrate the legacy of your country?
Question KIf all of the world´s cultural heritage(sports, music, fashion, architecture, literature, painting, etc..) was contained in a time capsule, whatwould you include to demonstrate the legacy ofyour country? A presentation by: Aitor Veiga Rotundo
Spain, Panama and Venezuela:My cultural melting pot.Most people identify strongly with only one culture or nation;the one in which they were born.In my case I was born into the Venezuelan culture and theSpanish/Galician culture of my parents, and adopted a thirdby living in Panama since I was 17 years old.These three cultures have shaped me as an individual, andthey are all an essential part of me, if all the culturalheritage in the world was being conserved in a time capsuleI would add the things that have made a big impression orinfluenced me the most from Spain, Panama andVenezuela.
Spain-Football Football is the most popular sport in Spain and among Spanish descendants such as me. I would include videos and documentaries of Spanish football at both international and club level in the time capsule in order to preserve its tactics and beauty as well as the passion of Spaniards for the sport. Personally I was influenced by watching games of the Spanish national team with my family, learning through this to cope with defeat and to enjoy victory with humility. The values of the sport teach us the determination and team effort needed to make your dreams come true. Following family tradition, my favorite football team is Real Madrid, which is the most successful team in the history of Spanish and European football. The picture in the following slide was taken by me at the Cibeles Plaza in Madrid, during the celebration of the 32th league title won by Real Madrid in 2011, it serves as evidence of the passion and joy that this team creates.
Spain- Galician Gastronomy My family comes from the small town of Sada located in Galicia, Spain; and thus I had the privilege to grow up eating the succulent delicacies of the Galician Cuisine. Galician gastronomy is known for its wide use of seafood such as oysters, octopus, shrimp, and so on. Galician cheeses are creamy in texture and of refined flavor. Examples are Arzua cheese better know as “tetilla cheese” and Cebreiro Cheese. Besides the widely known seafood, Galician gastronomy has other delicious dishes such as Galician empanada, which can be made with different fillings such as fish, chicken, etc. The picture in the following slide shows a traditional empanada made by my Grandmother for a special occasion.
Panama-The Canal The Panama Canal is a ship canal that goes across the Isthmus of Panama and connects the Pacific ocean with the Caribbean sea, thus enabling the easy transit of goods. Because of its importance and sheer size, the Panama Canal is considered one of the modern marvels of the world. The canal is an important passage for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Lake Gatun (26m above sea-level) which is a man made lake that was created in order to reduce the amount of work required for a sea-level connection. Currently the Panama Canal is being expanded in order to allow more and bigger ships to pass through it, lowering costs for the international flow of consumer goods and prime matter. The picture in the following slide was taken by me and shows the miraflores locks.
Panama- Traditional Clothes The most important piece of traditional clothing in the Panamanian culture is the “pollera de gala”. The Pollera is a female attire that consists of in two pieces of clothing the “blusa” and the “polleron” that together form a majestic dress. The traditional dress is accompanied by the use of different hair garments called “peinetas” and “tembleques”. The picture in the following slide shows my little sister using this Panamanian traditional dress.
Venezuela- Baseball Baseball is the most popular sport in Venezuela. Its popularity originated with the cultural influence of oil companies from the United States in the early twentieth century. The Venezuelan baseball league was established in 1945. It is a winter league, which means that it’s played when the Major League is on vacation. The most successful team in the league is “Leones de Caracas” which is my personal and family team. Venezuelan baseball players are among the best in the world, many of them winning awards in the Major League Baseball (MLB). The 2012 MLB season was particularly good for Venezuela. Venezuelan baseball player Miguel Cabrera got the highest batting average, most home runs and runs batted in (RBIs) and Venezuelan pitcher Felix Hernandez threw the first perfect game for any Latin American player. It was also a season for nostalgia, since one the greatest players in the history of the game, the Venezuelan Omar Vizquel, retired from the game. The picture in the following slide shows Omar Vizquel playing one of his last games with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Venezuela-Gastronomy Venezuelan gastronomy is very diverse in nature because of the mixtures of different cultures that occurred during the European colonization of the Americas. Most elements of Venezuelan gastronomy come from southern Europe, Africa and the natives. A peculiarity about Venezuelan gastronomy is the abundance of different fresh cheeses, that are used as filling or ingredient for different traditional dishes. The most famous dish in Venezuelan cuisine is the “Arepa” which is basically a flat and round patty made with corn dough. Venezuelan arepas are grilled in the traditional “budare” and filled with a myriad of different ingredients ranging from traditional cheese to octopus. The Venezuelan national dish is called “pabellon criollo”, it is formed by fried plantain, meat, black beans and white rice.