Tag Archives: cultural exclusion

Requiem for the Carnaval in Colon

Archival photo of Carnaval circa 1920. Image thanks to our friends at LatinOL.com

Another vintage photo shared by our friends at LatinOL.com. This was Carnaval back in the 1920’s with the West Indian flavor.

This precious Carnaval photo is from the 1960’s and it was taken in Colon. Image thanks to our friend Quintín Aguilar, Artist Colonense at ColondeAyer.

I had known that the City of Colon, from its early history since the 1820’s, had been populated mainly by Westindian families. How many, however, and how closely they were associated with the Panama Railroad or the Panama Canal Zone or how early had they been coming to these shores was one of my questions back then. The Silver Roll, the ranks of the real working people of the nearby Canal Zone, reflected some important figures in my imaginary census of the students I would find at any of the public elementary and secondary schools of that time. Continue reading

The Problem of Culture in Panama

This is a sample cartelera from a Latin American tour. Image from holidayonice.com

Right now I am involved in workshops at the National Assembly’s Commission on Education, Culture and Sports to hammer out a law (Proyecto de Ley #416) that would transform our beleaguered and under-funded INAC (Instituto Nacional de Cultura) into a full Ministry.  It was long overdue in my opinion. Continue reading