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Dominicanese
01-01-17, 21:22
Bonaire.

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Culture:
The culture of Bonaire can be seen in the faces of its people. The different features and hues tell the story of dozens of ethnic and racial influences. Indian, African, Asian and European inhabitants have all contributed to who Bonaire is today. Bonaire’s culture is rooted in religious and holiday celebrations. Many traditions take origin from African homelands and European harvest and feast days. The music is a blend of tribal beats but using modern instruments and makeshift farming tools instead.

Cuisine:
The cuisine of Bonaire, like that of many islands of the Caribbean, brings together the myriad influences of the many cultures and people who made the island's history. The resulting culinary palette is a colorful one, incorporating the zesty cooking of Sephardic Jews from Spain and Portugal, robust northern European fare imported from Holland, exotic Indonesian spices which reached the island via the maritime traffic of the Dutch Empire, and bold, flavorful cooking carried to Bonaire from West Africa.
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Although Bonaire's many constituent cultures brought unusual diversity to its cuisine, the island's limited capacities for agricultural production encouraged cooks to adapt their recipes to the particular range of ingredients available here.
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Although imports from abroad were sporadic, residents created a wide range of dishes--from soups and stews to sweets and desserts. Many of these dishes rely on easily preserved staples such as salted meat (which kept longer in pre-freezer days), some on such mainstays of Caribbean cooking as plantains and okra, and others on the unique bounty of Bonaire's environment-including cactus and iguana.
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Typical foods during Simadan include Funchi (similar to grits but less coarse) and Repa (pancakes made of Sorghummeal), served plain or with goat stew, goat soup, Giambo (okra soup, similar to gumbo), and Boontji Kunuku (local beans). All of these dishes are still an integral part of the Bonairean diet, although the availability of sorghummeal and boontji kunuku depends on the rainy season.

Music:
The music of the former Netherlands Antilles is a mixture of native, African and European elements, and is closely connected with trends from neighboring countries such as Venezuela and Colombia and islands such as Puerto Rico, Cuba, Santo Domingo, Haiti, Martinique, Trinidad, Dominica, and Guadeloupe. The former Netherlands Antilles islands of Curaçao and Aruba are known for their typical waltzes, danzas, mazurkas and a kind of music called tumba, which is named after the conga drums that accompany it.
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The remaining islands are much smaller than Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. They are Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Saba. Sint Eustatius has little nightlife, with only one nightclub (the zouk Largo Height Disco) as of 1996. The inhabitants, "Statians", hold impromptu street dances called "road blocks", using booming car stereos. Saba has a number of dances at various restaurants, including a wide variety of hip hop, calypso, soca, kompa, zouk, bouyon, reggae and merengue. Sint Maarten has a well-known Carnival tradition featuring music and dance, held in mid-April and culminating in the traditional burning of King Moui-Moui, as well as a number of nightclubs and casinos featuring music; popular "spots" where locals go to dance include Boo Boo Jam and Lago Height, both located on the northern (French) part of Sint Maarten; the most popular recent casino band is King Bo-Bo, known as the "King of Calypso".

Ethnic Racial Composition:
* 86% Black & Mulatto/Mixed
* 14% White, Asian, and Others

People:
Majority of the population is of African descent though you’ll see Carib Indians as well as Europeans. Catholics form the major chunk of the population though there are strains of Protestants as well as Jews.
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With various impacted communities, the result is a cultural mélange evident in the language, customs, music and dance. Natives speak Papiamento here, which is very much common in the Caribbean. Music and dance forms have been influenced in similar ways. European Polka is received with as much enthusiasm as indigenous Simadan harvest songs.

Languages:
The official language of Bonaire is Dutch. However, the vast majority and the local language spoken by Bonaireans is Papiamentu. Papiamentu is a Portuguese-Spanish Creole language with some influences from English, Dutch, and West African languages. There is also a lot of Native Caribbean words that are heard as well as in some of it's vocabulary.

Religion:
Religion is an integral part of life of many Bonaire residents, as well as a strong part of the cultural history of Bonaire, and there are quite a number of churches of all types on the island. Most Bonairean churches are Christian, but there is also an Islamic mosque.

Sports:
The most popular sports on Bonaire are baseball, windsurfing, athletics, association football (Soccer), tennis, and volleyball. The Bonaire Football Federation is a member of CONCACAF and the Bonaire Volleyball Federation is an associate member of NORCECA. The Baseball teams play in the Caribbean region of Little league and Pony league. Bonaire was also confirmed as the 218th Table Tennis National association.

Bonairean videos
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Dominicanese
01-01-17, 21:36
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Dominicanese
01-01-17, 21:45
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Dominicanese
01-01-17, 21:46
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