You will prepare and submit a term paper on Exploring Surface and Deep Culture: Latinos and Jamaicans in DFW. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. I feel nostalgic about the moments I spent with some immigrant groups like Latinos and Jamaicans, specifically in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Before moving to further details of these groups I must say the reason for choosing these groups for my description. My experience with Latinos began with my occupation at Wells Fargo Bank where I met Tayde whose parents had hailed from Mexico. The friendship with Tayde was of great significance in my cultural experiments on Latinos. The cultural knowledge I gathered through my interactive sessions can be summarized below.
Although Latinos are predominantly Roman Catholics, Protestantism has gained considerable dominance over the religious belief of Latinos for recent decades. However, even among Catholics religious practices vary as a result of traditional influences of native places. This variance can be observed among the various Latino groups in the United States with regard to Rituals including baptism, marriage, and funeral ceremonies.
My interests in cultural studies imbued my friend Tayde with self-esteem for he explained more about the uniqueness of their artist culture. Latinos keep diversity in their artistic traditions and are capable of competing with any other artistic culture. Folk art paintings, music, sculpture work, oral lore, and pottery are some of the elements which make the Latinos’ artistic culture rich. ‘Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican Percussion instruments’ have affected the rhythm of Latinos’ music very much and it becomes their inevitable part of life. There has been a noticeable increase in the Latino plays, theatres, and cinema. the sociopolitical elements of these works brought revolutionary changes in the culture of Latinos’ art.
Another area of Latinos’ uniqueness, according to my findings lies in their traditional folk treatment methods. However, the emergence of modern medicinal practices has considerably altered their traditional folk methods of treatment. The most notable aspect of traditional medicinal practice is that they rely on medicine only in situations of serious injuries or severe damages.