Haitian Kreole

Before French colonists arrived on the island of Hispaniola in the 17th century, Taino was the main language of “Aiti” as well as the rest of the Caribbean Islands.  Haitian Creole emerged during the Atlantic slave trade in Haiti. Creole is largely based on French with influences from Portuguese, […]

Are there really blue tigers in Haiti?

Well . . .there are! “Haitian jungle paintings” originated from the Centre d’Art d’Haïti, an arts movement founded in 1944 known for artists who practiced “la peinture naïve.” Artwork from Centre d’Art d’Haïti of is full of vivid colors, imaginative composition, and whimsy, often depicting imaginary jungles. Why […]

Dèyè mòn gen mòn

Beyond mountains, more mountains. Haitians use this poetic phrase in two ways: to say that there’s no end to obstacles, and also that there’s no end to opportunities. That pretty much sums up a mountain! Beaches, waterfalls, cloud forests, and pine tree-capped mountains used to abound in Haiti. […]

Piti piti, zwazo fè nich

Little by little, the bird builds its nest. Like most great proverbs, this Haitian proverb transcends time and humanity. Originally a french proverb that infused itself into Haitian culture, this concept rings true zoologically as well! Every culture stops and watches the bird . . . could this […]