Haitian Art 


Haiti is world famous for its distinctive art which continues to receive critical acclaim. Haitian art consists of mostly visual arts, such as paintings, sculpture and drum metal sculpture, an art form endemic to the country. Haitian art reflect a complex tradition of African, French, Catholic and tribal Voudou.
  

Landmarks of Haiti

Haiti has many particularly well known structures that are historically and culturally significant to the country, and also some of mother nature own distinguish touch, which Haiti is not short of. From the Citadelle Laferrière in Cap-Haitien, to the Iron Market in Port-au-Prince and the Bassin Bleue in Jacmel, below are some of the most famous Landmarks of Haiti; landmarks which proudly set the country apart, and reaffirm loudly once again, that Haiti is a country worth visiting, especially after numerous studies released ranked Haiti as one of the top safest countries in the Americas. Crime rate in Haiti as of 2014 is equal to that of the city of Long Beach, California. Yes, Haiti's crime rate is significantly lower than that of Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. As Haiti continues to tremendously tackle the insecurity that has long damaged Its reputation, we invite you to rediscover the long lost Pearl of the Antilles.

 

Haiti National Museum

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, October 23, 2014 Under: Museum

MUPANAH

The National Museum of Haiti, better known by its French acronym MUPANAH, is located at the Champ de Mars just two block where the now destroyed Presidential Palace used to be.
 

The Museum is one of the very few public structures that remained intact after the 2010 Earthquake that rocked Haiti and destroyed downtown Port-au-Prince among other places. Many credits its underground construction as the reason.



 The Museum first opened in 1983, and is home to some artifacts that are of extreme value, including the anchor of Santa Maria, the ship that Christopher Columbus used on his quest to the discoveries of the American Continent.


 The Gold crown encrusted with diamonds and ruby that Faustin Soulouque, Haiti's King from 1847 to 1858 used as part of his garments; the silver Gun that King Henry Christophe used to commit suicide at the Sans Souci Palace in 1820; one of the sword that Jean Jacques Dessalines, Haiti's father of Independence used during the Batailles de Vertieres in 1803, the last battle that resulted in Haiti's Independence; Haiti's original Act of Independence, and countless of high valued paintings, and natives artifacts dated back to as early as the 1400's; many torture instruments that French masters used to punish slaves, are displayed at the MUPANAH.


 At the entrance of the museum, the remains of Toussaint L'Ouverture which was returned to Haiti by France is also found there. Filming and picture taking devices are not allowed inside of the museum. 




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America had been watching very closely the relationship between Germany and Haiti; some 50 years after Haiti had gained its independence, German interests on the half island had grown considerably.


Haiti in the late 1800s had a small German population of around 250, which was in control however of 80% of the country's wealth. 

Legba is undoubtedly the most important spirits in the hierarchy of Vodou; he is the guardian of the gates, crossroads, courtyards and all Vodou temples (Peristil).

He is the necessary intermediary between the livings and the spiritual world, his powers are absolutely a must for any kind of interaction with the Loas.
 

Bois Caiman, slave revolt

On the night of August 14th, 1791, the Slaves of Saint Domingue, today Haiti, came together under the leadership of a Hougan or Vodou priest from Jamaica, named Dutty Bookman for the organization of a secret meeting with the purpose of starting a revolution to put an end to slavery in the French colony.