Caribbean Cultures in Perspective by Tammy Gagne

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We’ve elected three prime ministers consecutively with no violence. We change governments smoothly. ”6 Looking upward at the Queen’s Staircase. Slaves carved the steps out of solid limestone early in the reign of Queen Victoria, for whom the staircase is named. indd 53 8/7/14 4:00 PM Government House, the governor-general’s official residence, in Nassau, the Bahamas. Forty Years and Counting Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes, who took office in 2010, is proud to be a Bahamian. Speaking about the progress his nation has made over the last four decades, he said, “The main thing, as an independent country, is that we have maintained our Parliamentary democracy.

Kids especially like conch fritters, deep-fried chunks of conch. One resort that offers this tasty treat also offers young people a unique experience: a chance to make Bahamian friends. Kids who visit the Abaco Beach Resort with their parents can take part in its Bahamian Buddies program. It provides young visitors with the chance to get to know local kids through beach and cultural activities. Many Bahamian kids enjoy the same activities other kids do, such as soccer. Young Bahamians may also teach their new friends about fishing and snorkeling.

But voodoo is not the spooky form of magic that many people assume it is. Rather, it is based in peace and respect. Perhaps part of the problem is the similarly named practice—hoodoo—which includes curses and spells. Appolon refused to let go of his dreams of becoming a dancer. In 1993, he came to the United States to study at New York’s Joffrey Ballet School. Today he works as a professional dancer, teaching at the Boston Ballet School. He sees preserving Haitian culture as part of his job description.

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