Black History Month – Ethnicity/Haitian Tag

Hello Beauties!!

Happy Black History Month!

 

Besides being the shortest month of the year, February is the month in which we celebrate love and black history especially in North America. I feel that as the years are going by, Black History Month is not as celebrated or as ackowledged as I remember it used to be back then; especially here in Canada. I feel that BHM is not taken as seriously as it should.

On another note, to kick off this year Black History Month celebration on my blog, I am doing this Ethnicity Tag Questionnaire just to let you guys know a little more about me and where I come from. Here we go:
1.Favorite Haitian dish

I have so many favorite Haitian dishes, but my favorite is griot ak bannann fri (fried pork and fried plantain).  Although this dish is more of a delicacy than it is an everyday meal. I would not recommend to have fried pork on a daily basis because it will keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels up the roof. It is one of those meals to have once in blue moon or at parties.
2.Your mother/father’s favorite phrase

“O o Gade pitit” which means ” o o look child” this one of amongst all the phrases they like to say on a daily basis.

3.Which province is your family from?

My dad is from the South of Haiti, from Pestel to be exact and my mom is from the West, Ganthier.

4. Have you ever been to Haiti?

I left in 1999 and I haven’t been there since then. Although I feel nostalgic and miss home all the time. I miss the all year round hot and sunny wheather. But I do hope to go someday and I’ll document my experience when I do get the chance to go.
5.Do you speak Creole/French?

I speak both Creole and French.
6.What do you appreciate most about your ethnicity?

I love the fact that we are a predominantly Black country and we come in different shades of Black.
7.What does being Haitian mean to you?

Being Haitian to me means being resilient. We don’t give up no matter how tough things get and we are proud of our rich history, especially being the first Black country to fight for and gain it’s independence.
8.Show us your favorite Haitian artifacts

DSC_0376 This is called Pilon (old fashion food processor/smasher). It is found in most Haitian households. Besides it being something that we use to prep our food with, it is also an art piece because it is not factory made, but it is intricately carved by hand.

DSC_0375I was surprised to find this at a thrift store. The moment I saw it, I knew that I had to get it although it was in pretty bad shape, I thought “ain’t nothing a little  oil can’t clean” 🙂

DSC_0378This is the most emotional piece of art that I own. It was painted by my uncle who passed away about 5 years ago. I like that painting because it captures the true essence of my country, which is it’s mountains, waters, villages and villagers.

9.Do you know how to dance Kompa?

Of course I do. When I was younger I made it my mission to learn how to dance kompa. The fact that I left at a young age, forgetting about my culture was inevitable. But I tried to the best of my abilities to hold on to it by speaking my language, learning how to cook our foods, holding on to some of our traditions and learning how to dance kompa…
10.What’s your favorites Haitian musicians/songs?

I have so many favorite artists, but I’ll just name a few: Emmeline Michel, Carimi, Mikaben, JBeats, Boukman, KingPosse, Michel Martelly and more….

Favorites songs, I have too many to name but the one i’m mentioning is the song  my hubby and I danced to for our first dance atour wedding reception.

That is about it for this Ethnicity Tag. I hope you enjoyed reading this and let me know in the comments section where you are from and what you like about your  ethnicity!!!

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41 thoughts on “Black History Month – Ethnicity/Haitian Tag

  1. Thank you for sharing some interesting facts about yourself and your culture! I was born in Slovenia and immigrated to Canada as a toddler. I would have to say the food is amazing and very diverse with Italian and Austrian influences to the north, lots of seafood delicacies from the coast of the Adriatic sea! A beautiful country with beautiful seascapes and mountainous regions!

  2. I love learning about other cultures; thanking you for sharing yours with us. I was lucky to have lived a majority of my life in S. Fl where there is a large Haitian community. I enjoyed not only the food but the music was awesome. You can’t help but move when you hear it!

  3. Thanks for sharing! I love the painting of your Uncle’s. And I agree with you about Black History Month… this has caused me to reflect and I can admit that I am a bit disappointed that I have not seen my children come home with BHM-themed worksheets/projects etc. I remember it being a bigger deal as a child myself. Might need to ask some questions of the school!

  4. I love learning more about different cultures, and it is so nice to read more about Haiti through your words and your origin. I will definitely have to check the different kinds of song and Kompa 🙂

  5. I grew up with a few Haitian friends. They introduced me to djon djon, and it is delicious! I’ve also heard lots of kompa–New York is such a melting pot of cultures. My family is from Trinidad.

  6. I love the painting and art work. I’ve never been to Haiti, at least not yet but would like to visit. Any place with fried plantain is on my list. My favorite food ever :-). Thanks for sharing some lovely bits about home.

  7. Thank you for sharing us your history. We also have that Piton (i forgot what does it called in our local dialect) but also we use it as smasher.

  8. I love this and getting to know more about you! I am Jamaican and in HS I had some Haitian friends and we would kind of introduce each other to things about our culture/language. I learned some inappropriate phrases in Creole lol but I loved when my friend’s grandmother would fry plantain. It wasn’t the same as how we do it. I love our Caribbean diversity!

  9. Great post. I am from the Southern United States. However, I have friends that are from Haiti. Thanks for sharing your story. There were several things I had never heard of before.

  10. I love that you are so in tune with your culture. My grandmother is Jamaican but I was never really exposed to Jamaican culture. It is great to have an understanding of your roots and I love the sense of pride you have!

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