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miércoles, mayo 14, 2014

3-D Printed Hand Lets Haitian Boy Play Catch for First Time

NBC News.com
A 12-year-old boy born without fingers has become Haiti's first recipient of a 3-D printed prosthesis, enabling him to play catch with his friends for the first time.
Stevenson Joseph, who has lived at an orphanage since he was abandoned at the age of 3, had little hope of treatment in a country where programs for the disabled are rare.
But after he met John Marshall, a software engineer on a mission trip to Haiti for Florida-based Food for the Poor, his prospects changed. After months of work to perfect the design, a 3-D prosthesis was fitted to his left hand last month.
"It is a great hand," Stevenson says, ticking off his list of accomplishments. "Now I can take a balloon with it. I can score at basketball. I can hold a TV remote and push my friends on their wheelchairs. I can hold a water bottle, a bag. I like it a lot."
Image: Stevenson Joseph learns to use a 3-D-printed prosthetic hand in Santo 
 MARIE ARAGO / Reuters
Stevenson Joseph practices opening a door using his 3-D printed prosthetic hand at the orphanage where he lives in Santo, Haiti, on April 28, 2014.

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sábado, diciembre 08, 2012

Vodú: Haitian Religion and the Folkloric Imaginary in Socialist Cuba



G Viddal - New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, 2012/
Conclusion
Haitian laborers and their descendants were once viewed in Cuba as dispossessed
and disadvantaged migrant workers holding firm to old-fashioned traditions
carried from their homeland, with conditions of privation and segregation
facilitating the preservation of time-honored customs. While preservation of
lifeways and customs has been attributed to isolation and poverty, the academy,
political actors, commerce, and tourism can influence the maintenance of
traditions. In the decades after the Cuban Revolution, the socialist government
opened a vehicle for the re-imagining of spiritual traditions through public
performance in the burgeoning arena of folklore. Professional performers such
as Toni Pérez and research institutions such as the Casa del Caribe invited
members of Haitian communities to share their music, dance, and traditions,
and to form folklore troupes. As the Special Period opened venues for contact
with the world outside Cuba, culture ministries, academic institutions, festival
producers, and conference programmers became active culture brokers, distributing
resources such as access to audiences and travel opportunities.
Haitiano-cubanos became increasingly active agents in the dissemination
of their culture to a larger public. Haitian culture in Cuba is braided
into the economy of folklore. Festivals and performance have become
important motivators in the preservation and renovation of Haitian spiritual
practices, music, dance, and language. The creation of folkloric dance and
music groups motivates new generations to learn customs associated with
their Haitian identity. People of Haitian descent in Cuba have found innovative
ways to work against the discrimination and marginalization they face.
In a country where national identity balances between socialist values and
endorsing the country’s rich legacy of African-inspired performance arts and
spiritual systems, Vodú has begun to take its place as a recognized element
in Cuba’s national identity and perhaps even in some circles, as the latest
frontier of the eco-artistic avant-garde.
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"Hablame"

"EN TIEMPOS DIFÍCILES" - Heberto Padilla

A aquel hombre le pidieron su tiempo

para que lo juntara al tiempo de la Historia.

Le pidieron las manos,

porque para una época difícil

nada hay mejor que un par de buenas manos.

Le pidieron los ojos

que alguna vez tuvieron lágrimas

para que contemplara el lado claro

(especialmente el lado claro de la vida)

porque para el horror basta un ojo de asombro.

Le pidieron sus labios

resecos y cuarteados para afirmar,

para erigir, con cada afirmación, un sueño

(el-alto-sueño);

le pidieron las piernas

duras y nudosas

(sus viejas piernas andariegas),

porque en tiempos difíciles

¿algo hay mejor que un par de piernas

para la construcción o la trinchera?

Le pidieron el bosque que lo nutrió de niño,

con su árbol obediente.

Le pidieron el pecho, el corazón, los hombros.

Le dijeron

que eso era estrictamente necesario.

Le explicaron después

que toda esta donación resultaria inútil.

sin entregar la lengua,

porque en tiempos difíciles

nada es tan útil para atajar el odio o la mentira.

Y finalmente le rogaron

que, por favor, echase a andar,

porque en tiempos difíciles

esta es, sin duda, la prueba decisiva.

Los Aldeanos: "El Socialismo en Tiempos del Colera: Toda Una Nación"

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