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The Bahamas - Culture



The Bahamas - Culture
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.7

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     challenging words:    goatskin, rhythmic, based, conch, religion, musical, wherever, seafood, especially, group, history, artwork, spiral, scuba, language, nation
     content words:    Caribbean Sea, Goombay Festival


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The Bahamas - Culture
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     The Bahamas are a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. These islands have a culture as mixed and interesting as its history. Food, music, art and celebrations in the Bahamas come from Europe, America, and Africa. And there really isn't a more colorful place in the Caribbean -- maybe not in the whole world!
 
2     Since the Bahamas is an island nation, you can guess that a lot of its culture is based on the sea that surrounds it. This is especially true for its food. A lot of what Bahamians eat is seafood. A popular dish is made from a shelled animal called a conch. The conch lives in a large, spiral shell (you can hold an empty conch shell to your ear and "hear" the ocean). In the Bahamas, the conch is removed from its shell and cooked or eaten raw with some spices.
 
3     Art, dance, and music are very important to many Bahamians. And the people of the Bahamas celebrate their love for art with great color. Local artwork in towns and cities across the Bahamas is often very colorful. The music of the Bahamas reflects the country's African heritage. A couple of hundred years ago, slaves were sent to the Bahamas. Today, almost everyone who lives in the Bahamas is related to those slaves. You can guess that many slaves who ended up in the Bahamas were very poor. In fact, the slaves had to invent and build their own musical instruments.

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