Culture

Our treasured places

Latin America, as a whole, has an archaeological heritage comparable to very few parts of the world; Monuments, rock art, tools and landscapes created by the many pre-Columbian cultures, including Maya, Aztec and Inca, to mention but a few.

Colombian art takes Switzerland

Colombian sculptor Gabriel Beltrán will be the first Latin American artist to exhibit at the prestigious Christine Brügger gallery in Bern, Switzerland, where he will show a work characterized by its innovative, dynamic and joyful language.

Highly recognized

Mexico already has eight awards of immaterial culture by UNESCO. With this, it becomes the Latin American nation with more cultural expressions recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Buenos Aires oldest inhabitant

The remains of a strange creature that lived 3 million years ago was found in Argentina. It is a mammal similar to a camel with a horn that lived in the Pampas region.

Guatemala: new Year’s resolution

With an ancestral ceremony, a hundred people joined in Guatemala to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the signing of peace, in a Mayan ritual in which they called for a firm and lasting peace.

The best Latin American films of 2016

Let’s take a look at the list, made up of fiction feature films and documentaries. Collects raw operas and works of cinema enshrined in their countries. Nine films that reflect very political themes that are portrayed in different ways from conflicts over land in the Peruvian Amazon, through the drama of the disappeared in the Argentine dictatorship to stories of homosexual love in Chile, Mexico and Venezuela are part of this 2016 special.

Drawing my community

Children of Tututepec created tour guide, a project that seeks to promote culture and biodiversity through artistic activities.

Risk is still around

In the culture section of LatinAmerican Post we saw several actions aiming to preserve indigenous languages in Latin America during 2016, however it seems efforts have not been enough. 

Did Vikings arrive first?

Latin American indigenous pre-Columbian art pieces might suggest Spanish culture was not the first to step into our lands.

Illicit antiquities trade being struggled

Argentina returned 55 archaeological pieces to Bolivia as an action against illicit antiquities trade.

Aztec culture reborn with a drink

Mexicans have made “Pulque” out of the maguey for centuries, but the viscous drink was not appreciated in the early 1970s when it got a bad reputation as a drink for the local and the poor. 

Cusco with more hints

Funerary pieces, ceremonial spaces, rock shelters, viewpoints and cave paintings were found associated with the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, in the Cusco region, during the exploration and investigation of the personnel of the Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cusco.

Latin America keeps trying

Hollywood remains first when it comes to the film industry in Latin America. What’s the reason why Latin American films have not reached the desired impact in its own region yet?

The unknown treasure heritage

Although we know that in almost all the Latin American countries Spanish is spoken, what is not so well known is the fact that in these places, from Mexico to Argentina, many other native languages are spoken. Let’s take a look at these languages and cultures that compose our Latin American heritage. 

Where is the future of Latin American Literature?

There are symptoms of farewells, transformations and search of new narrative directions. The paths and shortcuts of Latin American literature are in full swing and evidenced by the titles and trends of nowadays books.

The Argentinian film industry to excel Francisco Moreno

“Fuga de la Patagonia”, the first fiction of Francisco D'Eufemia and Javier Zeballos, tells the story of escape of the expert Francisco Moreno out of the hands of a Mapuche tribe, while sowing the controversy over his contributions to the preservation of national parks, as well as for the Desert Campaign.

The rain feast: an Aymara measure

In a moment of severe draught in Bolivia, the Aymara’s festival is "to receive rain, to give water throughout the country," with culture and indigenous customs as the main protagonists.

50 years since Paradiso was published

The Cuban José Lezama Lima is well remembered by his novel Paradiso, considered by many a Latin American culture monument. Once again Latin America portrayed by literature. 

Wiwas in charge of nature conservation

The Wiwa’s lands, once a full green landscape, is now a dusty field in the Colombian dessert that hasn’t stopped changing in the last years. Indigenous communities take action!

The feathered Serpent mysteries don’t cease

The recent discovery of a second substructure inside the Kukulkan pyramid, and the previous that showed it was built on a body of water, have both opened the possibility of getting deeper knowledge about the period Mayas lived in and their disappearance causes. 

Poverty and indigenous heritage: any possible link?

According to the INEI figures, poverty affects those who have any of the indigenous languages in as their mother tongue. The National Household Survey (Enaho) indicates that 60.4% of the population of native communities are living in poverty, while 20.1% live in extreme poverty.

Gastronomy tradition seen from its roots

The gastronomy of each place borns of its products, its tradition and its cultural origins. And Latin American cuisine is nothing more than the logical result of that mixture of ethnic, cultural and social elements mixed in our continent.

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