PhotoTimbales: A set of tuneable metal drums invented in Cuba. They are often accompanied by campana.
September 15 - October 15
"The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period."
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Cinco de Mayo, the "5th of May"
This holiday started in celebration of the Mexican Army's victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War. In the United States, the holiday celebrates the culture and heritage of the Mexican people.
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PhotoGuiro: A scraper sometimes used in Latin jazz. The Cuban and Puerto Rican form is made from a notched gourd and played with a stick.
PhotoCongas: Drums played with the hands and often used in salsa and rumba music. Congas play a major role in Latin jazz bands.
PhotoBongos: Two small drums played between the knees, often used in Afro-Cuban music. The "Bongocero" is the name for a bongo player. Cencerro: A cowbell played by the "Bongocero," or bongo player. It can...
PhotoJazz music originated in the United States. It was created by African Americans in the early 1900s. The sound of jazz was influenced by West African rhythms and music, and American folk music. A...
PhotoWhat would you make with all of these foods? Try having a Hispanic feast at your school that uses a few, or all, of these Latin American foods.
PhotoThere are over 60 types of chili pepper. Some are really, really hot, so watch out when you handle them! If you want the pepper taste without the fire alarms going off, try the bell pepper.
PhotoThe chili pepper is used to flavor many Hispanic dishes. It was originally grown in South America, and it too was brought to Europe by Spanish explorers. From Europe, the chili found its way into...
PhotoBlack beans are native to Latin America. Fifty-percent of the beans eaten in the Latin American country of Cuba are black beans. In Cuba a meal of black beans and rice, or "frijoles negros con arroz,"...
PhotoPeople in Central and South America have grown and eaten many kinds of beans for thousands of years. Ancient cultures such as the Inca ate beans as a major part of their diet. During the 1500s...