Friday, May 19, 2017

Question of the Day:  5/19/17

Question of the day:

In two instances today we saw individuals working to preserve the original Costa Rican culture. (I.e, the indigenous woman selling decorative gourds and the learning farm growing white pineapples). Give three examples of louisiana businesses/organizations that are working to preserve our local culture. And how do these contribute to our state economy?

Today I visited a self sustained, organic, cultural education center called Arenal Vida Campesina in Jauuri, San Carlos.  

Arenal Vida Campesina lets you experience life in the Costa Rican countryside with a farming family that grow typical crops and are practicing newer sustainable agricultural techniques. The tour includes a demonstration of sugarcane juice production using a manually-operated sugar mill. We also toured cultivated sections of the farm and learned about common Costa Rican crops such as coffee, bananas, sugar cane, etc. At the end of the tour, we enjoyed a traditional snack.   

We have businesses and organizations in Louisiana that preserve our local culture similar to the way Arenal Vida Campesina works to preserve its local culture.   

One example of a business preserving local culture in Louisiana is Vermillionville in Lafayette, La. Vermilionville is a living history museum and folklife park that promotes and propagates the cultural resources of the Acadian, Native American, and Creole people. 

Another example of a business preserving local culture in our state is Miller's Zydeco Hall of Fame in Lawtell, La. Zydeco is a musical genre that evolved in southwest Louisiana by French Creole speakers which blends blues, rhythm and blues, and music indigenous to the Louisiana Creoles and the Native people of Louisiana. Miller's Zydeco Hall of Fame offers the opportunity to experience this cultural musical experience and it attracts visitors from many miles away.  

The Creole Heritage Folklife Center in Opelousas is another example of a business preserving the local culture. The Creole Heritage Folklife Center offers the public the opportunity to relive traditions of the African-American community. The center offers educational programs and events that focus on Creole heritage. 

Businesses that work to preserve culture contribute to the local economy by employing locals as well as by attracting tourism to the area. Employed locals are able to support their families while putting money directly back into the local economy. By attracting tourists to the area, these businesses contribute more money into the local economy.  


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