Jose Del Castillo Pichardo (Author), Bernardo Vega (Editor)
Paperback: 392 pages
Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishers (30 Nov. 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1558764356
ISBN-13: 978-1558764354
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm

While the Spanish brought their religion, language, values, and traditions to the island to form the cornerstone of the Dominican culture, a later influx of Germans, Irish, Italians, and Sephardic Jews from the Dutch Caribbean and Lebanon added further variety. Traditional histories of the island have long overlooked the influence of black Africans on the national heritage, although this rich cultural legacy is evident in many areas. And while there has been ample discussion of the indigenous Taino people, very few of them survived over the centuries, and they left a lesser lasting imprint, limited to agriculture, diet, language, and religion.

This distinctive cultural amalgam provides the backdrop for this book, which has become a classic text in the Dominican Republic. It is the first book to acknowledge creolization as the dominant feature of Dominican culture. The contributors are Dominican scholars and journalists, and they have also served as diplomats, university professors, museum directors, and artists.