Project Morocco Week 2!

by Cherreraart July. 09, 2011 5567 views

Welcome to week 2 Project Morocco! This week has been an amazing adventure and experience. I rode a camel in the Saharan Desert, drank camel's milk, went to a traditional Amaghir wedding, met miners working in mineral mines, wove a carpet with a grandmother from a Nomadic family and met and played music with West Gnouan musicians. This weeks experiences made me think about the roots of my own past. I thought about my history and culture and how it traces back to this very place in so many ways. My family is from Cuba. Cuba's history , like many other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, is closely linked to migration though economic trade, slave trade and Spanish conquest. The grandmother weaving the carpet on the loom reminded me of my own grandmother and her work knitting clothes and table cloths for the family. The definition of Nomadic means the family travels with their flock of sheep or goats. Families pitch tents and small towns wherever the flock feeds. When we listened to the Gnouan musicians, I heard rhythms of the music my grandfather used to sing when he played Cuban music. Gnoua is in the west of Africa, closer to the west. It is very likely that my family's history can be traced to the west of Africa. The hand instruments you see in the images were made to mimic the sounds of slave chains. This sound made me think about the journey and struggle my own family has taken from Africa to Cuba to the US. The miners reminded me of workers right in my own city of Los Angeles. Much like day laborers and construction workers, these men work long hours with little to no benefits for very little compensation. The wedding we were honored to participate in was another amazing moment! Like many Latin American weddings, the family danced and shared communally in a huge celebration for the young couple. All in all this week has made me reflect on my roots and history. For this weeks blog you will be doing two things; answer the three questions about your history and migration to the US and post images and icons of your culture and traditions on the project 365 website. YOU MUST ANSWER THE THREE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS COMPLETELY, ONE PARAGRAPH EACH ON THE BLOG!!!Answer the questions right on the blog, then post images of your families traditions and cultural icons in your home, neighborhood and city on project 365. As you know, You can send the images through your cell phone, or shoot with your digital camera and send them via email.
1. What are some family traditions your family still holds from your country of origin. What celebrations, foods, activities are distinctly from your family's country of origin and how do you still practice them?
2. From the introduction written above, what assumptions can you make about the migration of my family. Why do so many African traditions remind me of my own?
3. What relationships can you make with any of the images above? Describe what images remind you of your own history, culture, family and what in the images reminds you of these things.

** Now shoot and post images about your own families history through traditions, food and icoUnderLine Textns.

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