Category Archives: World Culture

The Hawaiian Naupaka Legend

(This legend tells the story about the two Hawaiian flowers, Mountain Naupaka, and Ocean Naupaka. The flowers are extremely similar in their half-shape, appearing as if each completes the other.) There once was a Hawaiian maiden who lived high on … Continue reading

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Behind-the-scenes look at The Cultured Chef

Creating The Cultured Chef was a very long process that not only involved thousands of hours in studio, but many hours researching each of the subjects represented in the book. The author and illustrator were able to visit many of … Continue reading

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Vodou: A Way of Life In Haiti

Brought to Haiti by slaves who arrived more than three hundred years ago, Vodou means “spirit” in several African languages. Believers recognize a distant creator named Bondye who is detached and unknowable and is represented by many spirits called Loa. … Continue reading

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Uncle Bouki and Ti Malice: A Haitian Folktale

This fine tale of Uncle Bouki and Ti Malice is one of many that entertain both young and old alike in Haiti. It seems as if Uncle Bouki is always getting into some kind of trouble… we all know an … Continue reading

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Haitian Freedom Soup

For over one hundred years, the French controlled Haiti, taking advantage of the many natural resources and growing conditions the land had to offer. In order to farm massive amounts of sugar, coffee, cotton and indigo on their plantations, the … Continue reading

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Day of the Dead Hollywood Forever 2009

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Dia de los Muertos en Estados Unidos

My photo documentary work for the last 5 years has been centered around Semana Santa in Guatemala, and Dia de los Muertos in Mexico. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration dedicated to honoring those … Continue reading

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