By Vicky Diloné
Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month is upon us! Here in Idaho many would assume that I am only Mexican. While I am extremely proud to be Mexican, I am equally proud to be Dominican. I would love to show you, the reader, the complex and beautiful history of Dominican Republic.
The Good People
The Taino were the first people living in the Dominican Republic. They were a part of the Arawak people who originated from South America. Their name means “the good people” and they were described as peaceful, resourceful, and spiritual. They called their island Quisqueya, meaning “mother of all lands” and shared it with Taino people of Haiti. Christopher Columbus described them in his writings:
“They traded with us and gave us everything they had, with good will…they took great delight in pleasing us…They are very gentle and without knowledge of what is evil; nor do they murder or steal…Your highness may believe that in all the world there can be no better people…They love their neighbours as themselves, and they have the sweetest talk in the world, and are gentle and always laughing.”
Woman in traditional Taino costume
Man in traditional Taino costume
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By Kate Ringer
She is perched at the top of a steep, concrete step, the curve of her calf accentuated by the strain of her pose. There are her legs, tan and endless; a flip of a sleek ponytail; the seductive pucker of her lips as she peeks over her shoulder and leers at the camera; the strip of her flat belly, framed by her tight black crop top and the Daisy Dukes clinging to her waist; then, finally, her perfect butt, like two crescent suns emerging from the clouds of denim.
I am almost salivating, wanting to shout, “Damn, look at her butt!” but I keep my thoughts to myself.
I am not the best feminist.
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Feminist Artists Then and Now
By Jessica Bovee
All of us have painted a picture or done our best to make a space look better than when we found it. We might hesitate to call what we create art; however, we can’t let such ideas have control over our actions.
Women have been creating art for a myriad of reasons, but art from the past century has been made with a more specific purpose. Women have been working to change the status quo and fighting for gender parity and the diminishment of stereotypes in various ways, art being one of them.
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