My Second Visit to Haiti: Admiring the Beautiful Creativity of Haitian People


Haitian Art hanging on a wall next to the road
Haitian Art displayed for sale on a wall next to the road
Close up of roadside wall art
Close up of roadside wall art

Arrived in Haiti yesterday and sharing some initial photos.  It was too dark to take any good photos of our surroundings but I was able to capture some of the fabulous Hatian art which we saw.

Haitians are extremely creative and resourceful artists, using lots of recycled items.  You can see their craft not only being sold by vendors on the side of the roads but also hanging on the walls of buildings like our hotel, Best Western Premier.   Everything to be seen is handmade – carved, painted, sculpted … all very very beautiful.

Wall art gracing the walls of the Best Western Premier hotel lobby
Wall art gracing the walls of the Best Western Premier hotel lobby
Beautiful chandeliers, also in the hotel lobby
Beautiful chandeliers, also in the hotel lobby

History

To offer a little history, Haiti was discovered by Christopher Columbus on 5 December 1492.  Yet, it is probably more known for political turmoil and names such as Toussaint Louverture, Napoleon Bonaparte, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Jean-Claude Duvalier (known as Baby Doc), and Jean-Bertrand Aristide than for its artisans.  In 2010, the country was devastated by a terrible earthquake of 7.0 magnitude which left a million Haitians homeless and a death toll of approximately 220,000 people.  

Culture

Haiti has a rich culture of music, art, festivals, architecture, religion, sports, cuisine and of course folklore.  Over the next few days I will try to take as many photos as possible to share with you, bearing in mind that I am in this beautiful country on business and not pleasure!

Shots of my room. 

My comfy bed
My comfy bed
Picture which welcomes me as I enter my room
Picture which welcomes me as I enter my room
Unusual sink with red wall behind it - niceness
Unusual sink with red wall accent behind it – niceness
Bath and Body Works!
Bath and Body Works!
Unusual side table - attractive yet functional
Unusual side table – attractive yet functional
Mirror trimmed with twigs from tree branches next to the flat screen TV
Mirror trimmed with twigs from tree branches next to the flat screen TV

Back to the hotel lobby

Close up of wooden carving behind the front desk in the hotel lobby
Close up of wooden carving behind the front desk in the hotel lobby
All 3 wooden carvings - impressive workmanship
All 3 wooden carvings – impressive workmanship

A few shots taken on the inside of the Le Michel restaurant at dinner

Interesting lamp shades made from wire
Interesting lamp shades made from wire
Haitian art on the restaurant walls
Haitian art on the restaurant walls – yes, those are spoons and forks decorating the masks
Close up 'fork and spoon' masks
Close up ‘fork and spoon’ masks
Beautiful - check what this painting is made of before looking at the label in the photo blow
Beautiful – check what this painting is made of before looking at the label in the photo blow
Bet you would never have guessed!
Bet you would never have guessed!

Standby for more photos!

Other interesting experiences in Haiti are shared below:

Part II – Haiti and Me: Tap Taps, Art & People

Part III – When is a motorbike more than a motorbike?

#NaBloPoMo

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galeweithers

Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

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