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A Secret World of Transformation in Trinidad

Do you consider Mother Nature a teacher & healer? Pointe-a Pierre Wildfowl Trust in Trinidad is an NGO dedicated to environmental education and the conservation of wetlands and waterfowl. Meet Trinis Molly R. Gaskin, President of the Trust, who shares her observations on Amerindian beliefs & environmental education therapy, and Gail Mohammed, a living example of the powers of transformation. Connect with Trinidad's ecology and be moved by stories of empowerment!

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A Secret World of Transformation in Trinidad

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: Antonio Avilés Burgos of Orocovis

Explore Puerto Rican santos tradition, a form of religious folk art believed to be at least two centuries old. Meet fourth generation santero Antonio Burgos of Orocovis and learn from collectors about the master artisans and symbolism of this American folk art.

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: Antonio Avilés Burgos of Orocovis

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: Ponce & Pedro Rinaldi

Discover Puerto Rico’s santos folk art tradition in Ponce, the island’s second-largest city. Meet artisan Pedro Rinaldi & curator of Museo de Arte de Ponce, the largest art museum in the Caribbean.

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: Ponce & Pedro Rinaldi

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: the Orta Family, a Santos Dynasty

Have you heard about Puerto Rico’s Santos Folk Art Tradition? In island’s second-largest city of Ponce, meet Orta family, a santos dynasty. Discover the Puerto Rican affinity for the Virgin of Montserrat, and get a collector’s perspective on santos from Gainesville, Florida-based aficionado Hector Puig.

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: the Orta Family, a Santos Dynasty

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: 11,000 Virgins, the Powerful Hand, and Anima Sola

Are you a folk art aficionado? Then you'll love Puerto Rico’s Santos Folk Art Tradition! Read on to experience Three of its Iconic Images: Saint Ursula & 11,000 Virgins, the Powerful Hand, and Anima Sola. Delve into the mindset of collectors through visits to Museo de los Santos, the Museum of the Americas & Galeria Botello. This article also offers an armchair tour of some of Old San Juan’s scenic attractions.

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: 11,000 Virgins, the Powerful Hand, and Anima Sola

Close Encounters with Vejigantes in Puerto Rico

Vejigantes are a beloved tradition: vividly-painted and fierce-looking masks, with roots in the celebrations of Ponce’s Carnival and Loiza’s Santiago Apóstol Fiesta. Meet three of the island’s best-known mask-makers, and learn about their techniques and the history of the folk art. BCD offers you the up-close and personal experience of seeing Puerto Rico through the eyes of its locals.

Close Encounters with Vejigantes in Puerto Rico

Curacao’s Tumba Festival

Curacao's Tumba music was created by slaves as a way to put rumors to music and express their sorrow and frustration. Today, the energetic Tumba music carries a social message and is celebrated at four-day Tumba Festival, Curacao's biggest cultural event.

Curacao’s Tumba Festival

Jacob Gelt Dekker on Curacao's Kura Hulanda Museum

Meet Jacob Gelt-Dekker, a Dutch philanthropist, and let him offer you insight on how he restored Curacao's historic Otrobanda neighborhood and what's it like being a founder of an anthropological museum, the Kura Hulanda in Willemstad. Immerse yourself in Curacao's heritage and learn how Jacob gathered his world-class chronicle of the slave trade within ten collections.

Jacob Gelt Dekker on Curacao's Kura Hulanda Museum

Curacao’s Jewish Heritage - the “Mother Synagogue of the Americas”

Did you know Jewish heritage in the Americas began in the Caribbean island of Curacao? Curacao's Synagogue Mikve Israel-Emanuel is the oldest active Jewish congregation in the Western hemisphere. Other heritage sites include the Jewish cemetery; Jewish Historical Museum; and Scharloo, the Jewish quarter of Willemstad.

Curacao’s Jewish Heritage - the “Mother Synagogue of the Americas”

The Murals of Hermanas Mirabel in the Dominican Republic

Enjoy the public art paradise of the Dominican Republic providence of Hermanas Mirabel! Meet Dominican artists Maximo Ceballo and Carlos Veras who are among the renowned artists who created 400 murals in the region's towns of Tapia, Tenares, and Salcedo. Learn the history of "Las Mariposas", three local sisters who were part of DR's resistance movement against dictator in early 1960s. Let BCD offer you a unique encounter with the Dominican Republic's cultural and heritage before you travel!

The Murals of Hermanas Mirabel in the Dominican Republic

Faces of Trinidad

Enjoy BCD’s ‘Faces of Trinidad’ photography slideshow. It features photographs of Trinis in traditional cultural clothing for celebration the Hindu Divali festival.

Faces of Trinidad

Faces Of Curacao

On the Caribbean island of Curacao the indigenous music is known as Tumba. Of African origin, the music has evolved since it was introduced on the island in the 17th century and today reflects Latin and Jazz influences. Enjoy some of the high energy exuberance and smiling faces!

Faces Of Curacao