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CUBA
¿Dónde está Cuba?
¿Dónde está Cuba?
How large is Cuba compared to
           Illinois?
Cuba is ¾ the size of Illinois.
How large is Cuba’s population
 compared to that of Illinois?




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Cuba’s population is almost as large as that
of Illinois.

      11.379.000             12.482.000
                             (2001 estimate)
     3.930.000
  What languages are spoken in
            Cuba?
Spanish - ~ 100%

        Doh!
  What is the capital city?
Havana     (population 2.3 million – almost a quarter of the
   entire population of the island!)

     Wow!
         Reading tasks
Now scan the cultural reading on pp.
304-305 for the answers to the
following questions:
 What is the unit of currency?
 Describe the Ballet Nacional de Cuba.
 What are the primary exports?
 Who were the taínos?
What is the unit of
    currency?
El peso cubano
Describe the Ballet
 Nacional de Cuba.
    Founded in 1948 by
    Alicia Alonso.
    Operates a School of
    Dance.
    The Dance Museum
    opened on the 50th
    anniversary of the Ballet.

“The National Ballet of Cuba (...)
because of its energy and ability to
combine classics with contemporary
is placed today in one of the first
places among the ballet companies
of Europe and America. Its future
is attractive in a peculiar way.”
http://www.balletcuba.cu/ingles/cri
ticasing.asp
What is are the primary
        exports?
Exports
                                                   tobacco



             Main trading partners
                    Venezuela
                      Spain
                           Canada                      nickel
sugar cane                  China
                           Russia
             http://www.cepec.softcal.cu/ingles/info
             rmation/information.htm
Who were the taínos?
Los taínos

             • Indigenous tribe that inhabited many
             Caribbean islands before the arrival of
             Columbus. Taínos still live in the region.
             • “Taíno” means “good” in the language.
             • The traditional Taíno greeting is “Taíno-
             ti’,” which means, “May the Good Great
             Spirit be with you.” http://www.taino-
             tribe.org/tedict.html
             • The hummingbird is the sacred symbol of the
             Taíno people and represents their rebirth.
             http://www.hartford-hwp.com/Taino/photos/bird.html
Who was Celia Cruz?
                                   La Reina de la Salsa




• Sold first recording in 1951
• Emigrated to the U.S. in 1960
• Won many awards, such as two Grammy
Awards (1990 and 2000), a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame, a “Lifetime
Achievement Award” from the Smithsonian
Institution, and a “National Medal of the Arts
from President Clinton.
http://www.celiacruzonline.com/
                Religion in Cuba
• Officially an atheist state under Castro
• 47% Catholic (“85% nominally Catholic”); 4%
Protestant (Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian); 2%
Santería
• It is reported that over 700 new churches have been established since 1992
when Fidel Castro's past anti-religion policies eased and the Cuban government
relaxed its official "atheist" status and relabeled the Cuban nation as merely
"secular” (http://www.cubadomainsforsale.com/cuban-religion.html)
• Pope John Paul II was invited to visit the island in 1998 by the Cuban
government and the Catholic Church.

 http://sg.travel.yahoo.com/guide/cuba
 http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/cuba/religion.htm
 http://www.cubadomainsforsale.com/cuban-religion.html
    Religious holidays in Cuba
• Religious holidays were once banned by the Castro government
but are now allowed.
• Christmas was abolished in the 1960s but was reinstated as an
official holiday after the Pope’s visit in 1998.
• Other holidays associated with religion include:
      • Nochebuena (Christmas Eve)
      • Epiphany
      • Semana Santa (Holy Week)
      • Carnaval: celebrated before Lent in Havana and in July in
      Santiago to commemorate the Revolution


    http://www.cp-pc.ca/english/cuba/holidays.html

				
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