Rarely Seen Central American Ceramics Dating from 1,000 Years Ago
Both male and female figures were portrayed with body art and tattoos, but females were typically shown with the decoration covering their shoulders and chest. In addition, her seated posture indicates she is of an elevated social status. Greater Nicoya female figure on a feline-effigy bench, AD 800–1200 Linea Vieja area, Costa Rica Pottery.
Photo by Ernest Amoroso, courtesy of the American Indian Museum
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HARVEST OF EMPIRE - documentary film
The documentary takes a decades-long trip through a roiled Latin America compacted into 90 rollercoaster minutes. It is based loosely on New York Daily News columnist Juan González’s book of the same name. López co-directed it with Peter Getzels. Through historical footage and bridging narratives by González, Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, acclaimed Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz and others, it helps explain how in the approaching mid-21st century, half of the U.S. population will trace its origin not to Europe but to Latin America.
Without fanfare, Harvest of Empire had captured enough attention to yield extended showings in both the Laemmle Playhouse in Los Angeles and the Quad Theater in New York as it makes the case that the mass migration is a direct result of U.S. foreign policy.
U.S.-backed despots and dictators and their heavy-handed rule have led to what Hispanic Link columnist José de la Isla refers to “migrations and unavoidable personal epics…This is not about chauvinism, fake patriotism or ideology, but about understanding the underlying plot,” he says. Harvest of Empire bares the circumstances that drove millions out of Central America, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and our own commonwealth of Puerto Rico. “The documentary is history, sociology and foreign policy combined. It is reality.”
- At the Movies: HARVEST OF EMPIRE The Untold Story of Latinos in America (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
Manuela the little girl who has struck up a bizarre heart-warming relationship with an otter. As some of the world’s indigenous tribes fight for survival from both outside cultures and growing industrialization, amateur photographer Boris Silenko set out to capture a snapshot of their life when he visited a ChocÃ³ Embera tribe in the dense, tropical rainforests of Panama.
Flying Reptiles? Peanut/crocodile-head Bug (Latin Fulgora laternaria) –
Large tropical species of insects in the family Fulgoridae of the order Homoptera. Recognizable by the convex shape of the head, and can grow up to three inches (8 cm) in length. This bump on the head resembles the head of reptiles with false eyes, and to others it look`s like a peanut. Hence the alternative name – for example, alligator bug (beetle-alligator). They have many local names, eg, machacaor, jequitiranaboia.
From a distance, an alligator-beetle may well be mistaken for a real reptile, it scares the various of small predators. Exact function also have two bright false “eyes” on the wings, similar to the eyes of large predators. In addition, if these don’t scare away predators, the bug releases a skunk-like spray from her wings.
There is a myth that if someone is bitten by machaca, that person must have sex within 24 hours, otherwise the death awaits them. In fact, the insect is harmless to humans unless you eat it, because of the poisonous wings.
(HH: Wonder who made up that myth - surely it was someone that wasn’t getting any.)
School Girls on a Street in San Salvador - la palma
Burial Chamber -
A funerary complex, consisting of three burial chambers, has been discovered at the pre-Hispanic site of Atzompa in Oaxaca, Mexico. The discovery of the complex, which is more than 1,100 years old, is important because it was located inside a building designed exclusively to house a series of tombs, which are placed vertically, one above another, not underground.
- Mysterious 1200AD temple under Mexico City has bodies of 15 children - and a dog killed to keep them company in the afterlife (dailymail.co.uk)
A couple dance in a public park in Guatemala City, June 13, 2012. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)
HH: I find this image powerfully poignant. Romance in old-er age must be so sweet after all the inconsequential bullshit has fallen away and you know what matters to each other. She has a look on her face that says he’s still her hero, her champion, her other.
Guatamala - Flower Vendors