~ Meeting our latino/a  neighbors ~

~ Encontrar a nuestros vecin@s latin@s ~

Get to know the culture of the latino world. 
This page is in four sections in 3 columns:
literature & art (left), 
                                 music (center)
                                                 history & politics (right) 
Who do you want us to know about?
Your suggestions are always welcome!  
.... and I just thought that perhaps a section on sports/ los deportes would be fun!  I know you can help me! Who are your favorite latino // latina athletes?   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

el arte: Masterpieces of the Prado Museum in Google Earth

A few Mexican artists....

You will love the macabre but fun art of Jose Guadalupe Posada

Now very popular, he died not well-known and poor, but this Mexican artist, influenced Jose Clemente Orozco, a great muralist, who saw him do his work in the shop window as he walked to school.  Orozco came to New Hampshire in 1932 to paint a mural in the basement of the library at Dartmouth College. You can still see it! 

Read Orozco's bio link above to find out why he only had one hand.....

            Diego Rivera   

"If any man can be said to have changed the course of a nation's art single handed, it is Diego Rivera," says The Artchive
   Many of my students will remember reading one of two great books about Diego, by mother and son team, Jeanette and Jonah Winter:

But you gotta try this one, too. Fantastic! by Carmen T Bernier-Grand.Illustrated by David Diaz.

El fotografo de Mexico Manuel Alvarez Bravo lived to be 100 and knew Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Edward Weston.

la literatura

Gabriela Mistral    

This Chilean poet, educator and traveler won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1945, and was a teacher and mentor to....

Pablo Neruda walks the Great Wall and wrote great poems.

Try out his poems in English
or in Spanish

Or check out other Poets who wrote in Spanish.

Maestra read The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon in English and in Spanish. ...and so are people in over 40 countries! 

la musica 

Jose Gonzalez y Banda Criolla   Puerto Rican neighbors from Massachusetts. We love their CD ~ Caribbean Fiesta for Kids

 Sol y Canto ~ This Boston area band has roots through out Latin America: Mexico, Peru, Panama, US, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, & Argentina!  Formerly known as: Flor de cana. Check out their music for adults and ninos.

Shakira - Colobiana-lebenana - performed at President Obama's inaugural.
Manu Chao es basque y galiciano

Carlos Chavez, one of Mexcios most famous composers, was like Rivera and Alvarez Bravo, part of the "Mexican Renaissance"
Check out his interesting bio on wikipedia.
Mercedes Sosa ~Argentiniana  is featured on PRI's The World's Global Hit el 5 de octubre. She has just left us! 
Soledad Bravo~ Venezuelana
Silvio Rodriguez ~ Cubano           
 His site        
        some songs:
Sueno con serpientes

Corridos sin Fronteras Native songs of Mexico known as corridos are introduced in both English and Spanish at this Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition.


la historia y la politica
this section is organized mostly geographically.
Centro America
El Salvador:        
        History of El Salvador 
        El Salvador (09/09) 
        El Salvador international travel info provided via U.S. State  Dept.
What did Mexican Hero, 
Emiliano Zapata, say? 
"Tierra y Libertad"
El Caribe
America del Sur