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CultureGrams: Over 100 New Videos!

We’ve recently added 102 new videos to the CultureGrams video collection! These unique videos, produced by CultureGrams editors from footage submitted from contributors around the world, highlight many aspects of daily life and culture for 11 countries.

We’re offering two of these in full to non-subscribers via YouTube, so share with your colleagues and friends!

Kids collect water in the Central African Repbulic . . .

and musicians and dancers perform in Ethiopia.

You can also witness scenes from Burkina Faso’s revolution, attend a wedding in Cameroon, watch a dance competition in DR Congo, join the world in commemorating South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, shiver with ice swimmers in Hungary, ride the tube in the UK, and much more.

Special thanks to our prolific contributor Salym Fayad for providing beautiful, culturally important footage for so many of these videos.

All 728 videos in the CultureGrams collection are available for streaming and download. Feel free to incorporate these videos into presentations or use them for other educational purposes. Or watch them just for the fun of it. Enjoy!

CultureGrams: Soccer and Beyond

The U.S. women’s team may have won the World Cup, but here in Colombia (where I’m spending the summer with my family), we’re still recovering from a heartbreaking loss to Argentina via a shoot-out in the final seconds of the America Cup’s quarter-finals. I watched the game at a nearby community center for the cultural experience. Though I’m the furthest thing from a sports fan, I was almost too depressed afterwards to walk home through the suddenly silent streets filled with spectators unable to turn the TV off just yet. I can’t imagine how they felt. And nothing has endeared us to the locals quite as much as the Colombian national team jerseys our kids regularly wear–even if a 6-year-old boy did recently ask me incredulously if what he was seeing was true: your son doesn’t really know how to play soccer? And how old is he? (That my answer was 4 did nothing to lessen his shock.)  In other words, fútbol is a big deal here.

But it’s not the only way that Colombians entertain themselves. Since I’ve been here, I’ve witnessed many other activities, including the classic game of marbles. The kids in this video live outside of the Caribbean city of Santa Marta, near the entrance of Tayrona National Park,  where most of their parents work. Their little neighborhood is composed of about 20 houses, in the center of which is located an open-air pool hall (“No children allowed!”) and enough flat dirt for a serious game of marbles.

Which was eventually interrupted by, you guessed it, a soccer game. Only this time there was a 6-year-old boy patient enough to teach my son how to do a header.

Read about other games and sports Colombians and others play in our World Edition Recreation sections and our Kids Edition Games and Sports sections.

Learning Culture in a Local Market

Hola from Colombia, the country I just arrived in and where I’ll be living with my family for the summer. We are currently in the Caribbean city of Cartagena. It has long been a tourist destination within the country and is increasingly attracting visitors from around the world as well. This is especially true of the walled old city (where we live), which is a UNESCO heritage site, and the nearby Miami-style strip of hotels and shopping centers that make up the Bocagrande neighborhood.

It would be easy to never break out of the tourist bubble that is this area, but, CultureGrams editor that I am, I’m of course interested in local culture and the everyday life patterns of the people who live in the vast and much poorer neighborhoods that make up the rest of the city.

And so it was that one of the first places we went in our new hometown was Bazurto Market, a place so local that the taxi drivers who took us there asked us again and again why exactly we had chosen that destination (especially when there is a nice mall just a few blocks away!).

Markets are a common subject of photos and videos in CultureGrams and for good reason: they contain a wealth of information about a place. They of course reveal what foods and goods people most commonly use and what they pay for them. But they can also illuminate family dynamics (Are children manning the stalls? Are they with their parents? Are they working on homework at the same time?), services rendered (Do people commonly have clothes custom made by tailors? Are construction workers available for hire?), and a population’s resourcefulness (What kinds of used parts are for sale? What commercial goods are replicated and produced by hand?). Even the arrangement of goods often has an artistic pattern that is unique to a place.

So enjoy some images from El Mercado Bazurto before they make their way into the Colombia CultureGrams photo collection and be sure to check out the local market in the next country you visit!

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A tailor works on custom orders.

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A woman cleans one of the market’s many alleyways with a bucket of soapy water and a broom.

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One of the many dominoes games happening among the market stalls.

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Shoes of all colors and styles abound.

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Many stalls are packed to capacity with goods.

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Like many in the market, this woman hand paints figurines for sale.

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Judging by the number of birds and cages for sale throughout the market, birds are a popular Colombian pet.

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This boy helps his mother at their stall that offers a wide array of goods, new and used, that can be used to fix appliances and other household items.

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Fish like these, caught in nearby waters, are brought to the market in the morning and kept there all day without refrigeration.

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Plantains, both green and ripe. are a staple here. They are often fried into flat rounds called “patacones.”

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Everyone has time to watch the televised Colombian soccer game.

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Some of the many kids that can be found in the stalls, usually with at least one parent nearby.

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A woman reclines in a market alleyway in a chair she created from ties used to secure bags of goods.

CultureGrams: 174 New Videos!

We’ve recently added 174 new videos to the CultureGrams video collection! These unique videos, produced by CultureGrams editors from footage submitted from contributors around the world, highlight many aspects of daily life and culture for 16 countries.

Watch young dancers perform in Côte d’Ivoire . . .

 

vendors sell their goods at a floating market in Thailand . . .

 

men weave cloth in Guinea-Bissau . . .

 

and people celebrate New Year’s in Cambodia . . .

You can also visit the traditional Malian drummer Boubou in his mud  house, learn how to make Colombia’s national dish of sancocho, shop at a fish market in Sri Lanka, root for South African veterinarians as they try to guide a sedated rhino into a trailer, and much more.

Special thanks to our prolific contributor Salym Fayad for providing beautiful, culturally important footage for so many of these videos.

All 612 videos in the CultureGrams collection are available for streaming and download in QT/MP4 and WMV formats. Feel free to incorporate these videos into presentations or use them for other educational purposes. Or watch them just for the fun of it. After all, it doesn’t get much better than a Thai hotel clerk singing karaoke at his desk while being bathed in a light show of his own creation.

CultureGrams: Sancocho recipe

Sancocho is a traditional stew popular throughout Latin America. There are many variations on this dish. It can include beef, goat, pork, chicken, or fish and contain any number of vegetables and tubers. The recipe given here is for a chicken-based Colombian sancocho. Find more recipes from Thailand and every other country in the world in the CultureGrams collection here!

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Image credit: Salym Fayad

 

Sancocho de Gallina (Chicken and Vegetable Stew)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
1 bunch scallions
1 bunch cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin
3 whole chicken breasts, skinned and quartered with bones left on
1 yucca, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 red potatoes, cut into chunks
2 plantains, peeled, halved, and sliced into thirds lengthwise
Cilantro paste
Juice of 2 lemons
Salt and pepper, to taste

Roux:
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter, slightly melted
Salt and pepper

 
Directions:

  1. Simmer 1 cup chicken stock, scallions, cilantro, and cumin for a few minutes. Let cool. Process until becomes a smooth paste. Set aside.
  2. In large saucepan, simmer remaining chicken stock and chicken breasts. As the chicken simmers, add yucca and potatoes. Skim off any froth. After a half hour, add plantains. After 50 minutes, add cilantro paste and lemon juice. Cook for another 10 minutes.
  3. Mix roux ingredients and add to the soup, stirring to mix well. Test potatoes and yucca for tenderness and chicken for doneness. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Note: If overcooked, the yucca, potato, and plantain disintegrate, but their rich flavors remain.